Politics of Fri, 3 Aug 20181
NDC to elect flagbearer on December 7
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has set 7 December 2018 for its presidential primaries ahead of the 2020 polls.
This was announced by General Secretary Johnson Aseidu Nketia at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, 2 August 2018.
Mr Nketia, who said the date is in line with the party’s constitutions, explained that: “We have taken note of our constitutional requirement to choose our flag bearer 24 months before the next elections and the constitution, not having been amended yet, we can safely calculate our timelines from 7th December 2020, so that will bring us back to 7th of December 2018 for a choice to be made on who leads our party into the next general elections.
“Ordinarily, we would have concluded all the internal elections before opening the space for campaigning and declaration of intentions, but we realise that if we are to wait till we finish our elections by September, the time will be short for some aspirants, so on behalf of the national executive committee and on my own behalf as the Chief Executive of NDC, I wish to declare the campaign period for our presidential primaries officially opened with immediate effect.”
Mr Nketia, has directed that all hopefuls must first inform the party of their intention to contest before campaigning.
He also warned the would-be aspirants to be wary of the comments they pass during the campaign and to be modest.
Persons who have declared their intent to contest are Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Prof Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Mensah, former President John Dramani Mahama, Alban Bagbin and Elikplim Agbemava.