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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has set the 20th of October to hold a national congress to elect its national executive officers.

A week before that will be the youth and women congresses for the election of national women and youth organisers of the party.

Addressing the media on the timetable and guidelines for the election, General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said interested and qualified members can buy nomination forms from the 23rd to the 25th of this month (August).

Filing of nominations will be from the 29th August to the 5th of September 2018.

According to the NDC National scribe, the National Executive Committee of the party has set aside between the 10th and 13th of September for the vetting of candidates and balloting for placement on the ballot paper.

Appeals will be heard between the 12th and the 17th. This will offer dissatisfied, disqualified candidates to challenge their disqualification. The party hopes that by the 20th of September, it will publish notice of polls containing names and photos of all approved candidates and their positions.

Mr. Asiedu Nketiah says nomination forms will be sold for GH¢500 but the filling fees vary depending on the positions. National youth and women organiser aspirants will be paying GH¢6,000 while General Secretary and National Vice Chairman Aspirants will be paying GH¢8,000 but National Chairman Aspirants will be paying GH¢10,000.

Mr. Asiedu Nketiah also disclosed that the nomination forms will have to be endorsed by 100 registered members of the party, 10 from each region with two endorsers coming from the same constituency.

On the voting process, the NDC General Secretary stated that only women will vote at the Women’s Congress and only the youth at the Youth Congress.

One other significant change is in the area of national vice chairpersons. Unlike currently where the party has six chairpersons, the party will now have only three vice chairpersons and delegates will vote for only one candidate and candidates with the three highest votes will be declared winners.

The party is yet to finalize the venues for the three congresses, that is the youth, women and national Congresses.

 

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