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NDC completes balloting; Bagbin picks 1st slot and Mahama 3rd slot

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All is set for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearership race to elect presidential candidate for the 2020 general election slated for February 23, 2019.

The party seems to be working in line with its new election time table released by The National Executive Committee (NEC) as they have successfully vetted all the seven (7) aspirants on January 22, 2019 and balloted which took place on today, January 23, 2019 at the party’s national headquarters.

At the end of balloting Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and flagbearer hopeful Alban Bagbin picked the number one spot.

Nurudeen Iddrisu picked the 2nd slot with former President John Mahama, Slyester Mensah, Spio Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and Joshua Alabi settling for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th slots.

  1. Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin
  2. Ekwow Spio Garbrah
  3. Nurudeen Iddrisu
  4. Sylvester Adinam Mensah
  5. Goosie Augustus Obuadum Tanoh
  6. Professor Josua Alabi

The balloting is done and campaign can kick start no one has been disqualified.

Speaking to Journalists shortly after the party announced the balloting order, Alban Bagbin said the number spot makes him the chosen one in the scramble for who leads the NDC into 2020 general elections.

“I picked the number one and everybody knows the number one means the first and the first means the highest and that’s the best.

I am very…very confident that’s the winning position. It’s going to have an impact on the election. That’s why it’s the winning position. It has a serious impact because if you are not the best you will never be the first,” he stated.

All the five aspirants were duly vetted at the NDC’s headquarters on Tuesday with each person expressing confidence of emerging victorious in the party’s presidential primary.

The NDC’s Acting Director of Elections, Bede-Ziedin, told the media that printing of ballot papers will take place from 3rd to 17th February 2019, after which they would be forwarded to all their constituency centres where the election will be held.

But for an injunction on the NDC’s presidential election, the party would have conducted the exercise before the end of January 2019.

The NDC eventually agreed to declare its guidelines for the presidential primaries null and void after contentions over transparency and the filing fees which was reduced along the line.

Besides agreeing to hold the elections in a free fair and transparent manner, the party also agreed to consider the GHc 300,000 not as filing fees only, but also as a contribution by the towards the cost of the primaries.

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