Mr Peter Boamah Otukunor, a Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, has confirmed that the party will soon be constituting electoral committees to supervise the presidential primaries.
People who have publicly donated cash to pay for the filing fee of former president John Mahama and other candidates, he said could not serve on such committees.
Mr Otukunor who said this when some members of the GOOSIE2020 went to the party headquarters in Accra to pick up nomination forms assured that members who would be appointed to the election committee will be without “blemish”.
“We are going to announce members of the electoral committee and I doubt if anybody who will make it to that committee will be somebody who has contributed money to support a particular candidate”.
He however promised that leadership of the party “will act swiftly and immediately” to address the situation.
“it is up to you to be vigilant, when you see it and draw our attention as national executives, we will act quickly, perhaps we have not seen the list but because of your vigilance, you may see one or two, when you draw our attention we will act immediately to address that problem” Peter Boamah Otukunor assured.
The NDC through its General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia announced election guidelines which among others set the cost of the presidential form at GH¢20,000 and the filing fee at GH¢400,000.
The guidelines sparked outrage among some aspirants who petitioned the party’s Council of Elders alleging bias on the party of some members of the National Executive Council and complaining that the filing fee did not resonate with the party’s values.
The petition saw the intervention of the Council of Elders forcing the party to slash the filing fee to GH¢300,000 and assurances of no bias on the part of the party.
In less than 24 hours after the fees were originally announced, some top officials holding sensitive positions in the current administration of the party including past appointees of former president Mahama as well as some minority members of parliament publicly donated cash totalling GH¢420, 000 to pay for the form and filing fee of John Mahama who is also seeking the mandate of delegates to be retained as the party’s 2020 flag bearer.