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General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019


Rawlings calls for transparency, fairness in NDC presidential primaries

Founder of the largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress, Jerry John Rawlings has called on his party to conduct the ongoing presidential primaries with fairness and transparency.

Rawlings also extended his best wishes to the seven aspirants contesting inthe election.

“Let’s conduct today’s presidential primaries with dignity, transparency and fairness. My best wishes to all the candidates,” the Former President stated in a tweet.

Most of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) delegates have begun casting ballots in the party’s presidential primaries.

About 260,000 delegates are expected to vote in the election in all constituencies nationwide under the supervision of the Electoral Commission.

The party has opted for a decentralized polling station approach for the polls to save time and ensure efficiency.

The Elections

About 280,000 delegates across all 275 constituencies plus three specially-created polling stations are expected to cast their ballots.

Delegates include branch executives, constituency executives, regional executives, regional council of elders, MPs, former government appointees and founding members will have their say in Ghana’s most novel internal party primary.

Seven members of the party are vying for the single slot to battle the ruling New Patriotic Party in the 2020 elections.

Those involved are former president John Mahama, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former Vice Chancellor of University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi.

There are also former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Mensah, a cadre, Mr Goosie Tanoh and businessman, Alhaji Nurideen Iddrisu.