Former President John Dramani Mahama and all the other aspirants of the NDC party will know their fate by March 3, 2019, when the party holds its presidential and Parliamentary primaries according to a leaked document from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), mynewsgh.com reports.
It is gathered that the party will hold its Presidential Candidate Elections on March 3rd, 2019 according to a proposition by the newly elected National Executives of the party.
The proposition that has been unanimously endorsed took into consideration the cost of holding separate primaries for which reason the leadership wants both the Presidential and Parliamentary held the same day.
A draft election timetable intercepted by our correspondents indicate that both Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates who qualify after vetting will be given about 7 weeks to campaign across the country engaging delegates on voter education on the ballot.
The NDC’s Presidential and Parliamentary primaries will be a historic one in Ghana’s democracy since about 270,000 delegates are expected to vote on the day. That number will be the highest ever to participate in a limited delegates elections within a political party.
The party per the timetable is planning to conduct the elections in all the 275 constituencies simultaneously.
About 11 persons including Mr. Kweku Ricketts Hagan are contesting to become the flagbearer on the tickets of the NDC together with Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah, Prof Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Mensah, Goosie Tandoh, former President John Dramni Mahama and Stephen Atubiga.
Below is the proposed timetable.
PROPOSED TIMETABLE FOR PRESIDENTIAL & PARLIAMENTARY PRIMARIES
Wed 21st & Thur 22nd November
1st FEC meeting (Handing Over)
Tue 27th November
1st NEC Meeting
— Formation and Approval of Election Committees for Flagbearer & Parliamentary Contests
— Determination of Filling Fees for Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates
— Formation of Inter Presidential Aspirants Committee (IPAC)
Wed 28th to 30th Nov
Streamlining of rules and guidelines for the elections by IPAC.
Mon 4th December Election Committee’s approval of drafted guidelines and code of conduct for aspirants.
Tue 5th December
Submission of Nomination forms
Mon 31st December – Sat 5th January
Vetting & Balloting
Mon 7th – Sat 12th January
Hearing of Appeals / Dispute Resolution
Mon 14th January
Distribution of list of delegates to aspirants
Mon 4th February
Publication of Notice of Poll
Fri 1st March
End of Voter Education and Campaigning
Sun 3rd March
Presidential and Parliamentary Elections
Tue 5th March
Rally to Outdoor Presidential & Parliamentary Candidates (Nat’l Headquarters)
Sun 10th March