NDC Flagbearer Hopefuls Assign Meanings to Balloted Positions

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Flagbearer hopefuls of the opposition National Democratic congress have been assigning meanings to their various positions on the ballot paper ahead of the party’s Presidential Primaries scheduled on February 23, this year.

According to the candidates, their position on the ballot papers mean a lot for their chances.

Balloting
The NDC balloted for positions for its flagbearer hopefuls on Wednesday.

After the balloting,  former President John Dramani Mahama picked the third slot on the ballot paper.

Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo, Alban Bagbin, picked the first slot followed by businessman, Nurudeen Iddrisu.

The fourth slot was picked by Sylvester Mensah, followed by Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and Prof. Joshua Alabi in that order.

Meanings of the Poisitions

Speaking to the media, Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo and Second speaker of Parliament,  Alban Bagbin said his choosing of the number one position on the ballot paper suggests that he will come first in the race. He stated that one means first and first is the best and for that matter his number one position means he shall come out first in the race.

On his part, Mr. Sylvester Mensah said the forth position means he is going to be the forth president of the opposition party in the forth republic.

For Joshua Alabi, he says every good thing comes from the ground and his seventh position means the party has the opportunity to pick the goodness of the ground.

Meanwhile Mr. Goosie Tanoh has rubbished the relevance of the positions. According to the NDC cadre who left the party to form his National Reform Party in 2000, it is the policies of the aspirants that will count and not where they are on the ballot paper.

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For supporters of John Mahama, the third position is a good omen for him since he has the opportunity to prove himself again with the third position after failing to make any meaningful impact of the same spot during the 2016 general elections.

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

Printing of Ballot papers

Printing of Ballot papers is scheduled to take place from 3rd to 17th February 2019.

This is according to the Acting Director of Elections, Bede-Ziedin.

The printed ballot papers will then be forwarded to all their constituency centres where the election will be held.

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Contentions
A court injunction placed on the election forced the party to reschedule the due date of the primaries from January to February.

The NDC has therefore 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 aspirants towards the cost of the primaries.
Notice of Polls and Polling Centers
The first notice of poll is expected to be made available on January 26, 2019, with the final print done on January 28, 2019.
The party has also said there will be 276 polling centres nationwide.
However, according to the Electoral Commission, any constituency where the total number of registered voters exceeds 1000, they will create additional polling booths at the same polling centre for easy and faster exercise.

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