The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has decided to hold its presidential and parliamentary primaries simultaneously on Saturday, November 7, 2015 throughout the country.

NDC Parliamentary CandidiatesNominations are therefore scheduled to be opened on Wednesday, August 27, 2015 and close on Thursday, September 10, 2015 to make way for vetting and other processes.

A meeting held at the Institute of Local Government Studies at Madina in Accra yesterday, among others issues, resolved to open up the Electoral College by giving each card-bearing member a voting right in the election of candidates to reduce vote buying.

In that regard, members of the NDC with biometric membership cards would be entitled to vote in the scheduled primaries.

Present at the meeting were President John Dramani Mahama, Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur and members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NDC, even
though the two first gentlemen were said to have left the place before the meeting
came to an end.

Even before nominations open for potential aspirants to file, some interesting names have emerged as among those likely to contest in the parliamentary primaries.

With Trade Minister Ekwow Spio-Garbrah having brushed aside any intention to contest President Mahama for the flagbearer position of the party, it is not so clear if any individual or group of persons would be bold enough to stick their necks out in response to the president?s invitation for any interested person to contest him.

Four years ago, former first lady and then NDC vice chairperson, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, threw her hat into the ring when she contested then President John Evans Atta Mills at the Sunyani congress of the party.

President Mills died before the main election, paving the way for John
Mahama to replace him. New Faces So far, the posters of

Radio Gold?s morning show host, Alhassan Suhuyini; Okay FM?sAbeiku Aggrey Santana; comedian and radio host, Seth Kwame Djokoto of ?Edziban? fame and lawyer

Francis Xavier Sosu have started flying on various social media platforms, indicating their preparedness to contest in the parliamentary primaries.

Unconfirmed reports say that Dr Ezanator Rawlings, daughter of the founder of the NDC, Jerry Rawlings, is being propped up to contest the Klottey Korley seat at Osu, Accra, as the incumbent, Nii Armah Ashietey, is not seeking re-election.

Samuel Atta Mills, son of the late President Mills, is also going for the KomendaE d i n a – E g u a f o – A b r e m (KEEA) seat where it?s being held by NPP?s Dr Nana Ato Arthur.

The rest include Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Deputy Transport Minister; Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije; Mohammed MuniruLimuna, Northern Regional Minister; TV3 anchor Eric Don Arthur and Michael Ofori Offei aka Nana Kakra, of Ultimate Phones fame, are
all lacing their boots to join the parliamentary race.

Alhassan Suhuyini, who is a board member of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), is said to be eyeing the Tamale North constituency seat on the ticket of the NDC, while his colleague Abeiku Santana has already indicated his intention to contest in the Mfantseman West constituency primaries, with Kwame Djokoto also making moves to join the Tarkwa Nsuaem race.

The Tamale North seat is currently being occupied by an independent MP, Alhassan Dahamani, who beat NDC?s Abukari Samani in the 2012 poll.

Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu, who recently managed to overturn the conviction of a journalist and now counsel for the controversial Charles Antwi – the man who was said to be having the intention to kill the president – is also lacing his boots to run in the Madina constituency
where he has been organising vacation classes for some students in the area.

It will be a tough race to unseat Ahmadu Sorogho, chairman of Ghana National Fire Service, who is in his third term.

Accra Mayor Okoe Vanderpuije is also gunning for Ablekuma South where Fritz Baffour, alias MP MC, is not standing for re-election.

Mr Vanderpuije, as a prelude to his parliamentary bid, is organising vacation classes for students of the area, having engaged a consultant for the job.

The Northern Regional Minister, Mohammed Muniru-Limuna, is going for the Damango seat, where he
has had clashes with the incumbent, Adam Mutawakil.

The Deputy Transport Minister and cousin of Joyce Bawa Mogtari is showing interest in the Salaga South seat. She is, however, said to be consulting before making a formal declaration.

In the case of Eric DonArthur, he is contesting in the Effutu constituency, with
Ultimate Phones? Nana Kakra hoping to contest in the Okere constituency primaries of the NDC.

Guidelines

Filing fee for male parliamentary aspirants has been pegged at GH?10,000, whilst
women and the physically challenged are expected to pay GH?5,000.

In the case of the presidential primaries, aspirants would pay a filing fee of
GH?50,000. All 6,000 branches of the party are expected to be polling centres on the scheduled date.

Source : Daily Guide

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