NDC: Vetting of Presidential aspirants commences today

By Wendy Amarteifio
NDC: Vetting of Presidential aspirants commences today

Flagbearer aspirants of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of 2020 elections will be vetted today January 22, 2019.

The party has also settled on February 23, 2019, as the day for the primaries.

The vetting will have six aspirants facing the vetting committee chaired by an elder of the party, Nii Okaijah Adamafio.

This comes after an injunction by two party members against election guidelines set for the primary.

The NDC eventually agreed to declare its guidelines for the presidential primaries null and void after contentions over transparency and the filing fees which was reduced along the line.

National Chairman of the Party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo noted at a press conference that the entire process resumes effectively today.

''Vetting of the candidates will take place Tuesday 22 to Wednesday 23 January. Just after we finish with the vetting process when the candidates are cleared by the vetting committee represented with the voters' register''.

In an agreement to hold the elections in a free fair and transparent manner, the party also agreed to consider the GHc 300,000 not as filing fees only, but also as a contribution by the towards the cost of the primaries.

The first notice of poll will be made available on January 26, 2019, with the final print done on January 28, 2019.

The printing of ballot papers will commence on February 3 ahead of the election slated for February 23, 2019.

The NDC has also said there will be 276 polling centres nationwide; a departure from the much-criticised centralised system of voting for the national executives.

“According to the Electoral Commission, any constituency where the total number registered voters exceeds 1000, they will create additional polling booths at the same polling centre,” Samuel Ofosu Ampofo noted.