Ahead of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) upcoming presidential election, the Goosie Tanoh campaign team is demanding the immediate halt of the printing of ballot papers.
The Presidential election is slated for February 23, 2019, but Goosie Tanoh’s team says the party has failed to put in place the systems and structures for the redress of grievances.
Though the NDC said it had re-looked at its guidelines after the party’s national executive election in November 2018 and gotten approval from the National Executive Council for the finalized guidelines following an earlier petition, the agitations have not died down.
Abdul Nasser Alidu, Communications Director for Goosie Tanoh and also a member of the NDC’s Joint Technical Committee set up to clean the register, outlined some concerns in an interview with citinews monitored by PrimeNewsGhana,
According to Mr Alidu: “How many ballots are you printing? If you want to have agents in there, what exactly are the guidelines governing how they are going to monitor the ballot papers?”
“So for instance, today, if an agent is unhappy with the process, who do they complain to? There is no process for that. Because if they complain to the printer, the printer will tell them, I have no contract with you,” he added.
Mr Nasser Alidu also said that his team was not even privy to the number of delegates to vote at the primary.
“At this stage, what is the basis of printing the ballots? We don’t know the basis. We haven’t see the notice of polls; we don’t have the number of voters so what is the basis of printing the ballots?”
Also, having to do with the cleaning of the party's electoral register, some agents of some flagbearer aspirants petitioned the NDC’s Elections Committee and raised concerns.
Some six aspirants of the party had earlier petitioned the party, demanding a review of the guidelines for the upcoming election.
The six had previously raised issues with the electoral register and the choice of printing firm for the ballot papers.
The six aspirants had said the party should award the contract for the printing of the ballot papers to a trustworthy firm such as the Assembly Press, to prevent some irregularities that rocked the party’s national executive election in November 2018.