Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will hold its presidential primary on Saturday 6 May 2023 to elect a flag bearer for the party to contest the 2024 election.
This is contained in a proposed timetable released by the party on Thursday (5 January) at its Functional and National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
Per the timetable, the opening of nominations will be from Monday 22 February to Wednesday 24 February 2023.
The submission and filing of forms will also take place from Monday 20 March 2023 to Wednesday 22 March 2023.
The vetting of the aspirants will be held from Monday 27 March to Wednesday 29 March 2023.
After the vetting, aspirants who have issues with the vetting process will have the opportunity to appeal from 30 March 2023 to 6 April 2023 after which the election will come off on 6 May.
A filing fee of ¢500,000 has been proposed with a nomination fee of ¢30,000 for the presidential aspirants.
So far, the names of three personalities — former President, John Dramani Mahama; a former Minister of Finance, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, and a former Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, have come up for the presidential contest.
Meanwhile, the NEC of the NDC has appealed to all those who have expressed interest to contest as flag bearer or a parliamentary aspirant to conduct their campaign with decorum, devoid of naming-calling, accusations and insults.
It said the overall interest must override any other individual interest, adding that the battle for the 2024 election is not about NDC internal politics; it is about defeating the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and taking over the reins of government, irrespective of who is elected the flag bearer.