NDC reschedules primaries to Nov 21

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has delayed its presidential and presidential primaries by a fortnight.

The primaries to be held across the 275 constituencies were originally scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 7.

But at an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday, November 2, a decision was taken to postpone the exercise to Saturday, November 21.

The party had toyed with the idea of postponing the primaries after reports emerged that President John Dramani Mahama, who is the leader of the party and seeking re-election, will be a guest of honour at a festival in the Volta Region.

Though the reports were played down, Director of Elections Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, who is also a Vice Chairman of the party, hinted on TV3’s New Day over the weekend that a strong case will be made for a postponement of the primaries.

The decision of NEC was announced on Monday by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

“We have come to this conclusion because the time table we originally wanted to use was a little too ambitious hence the decision,” he told journalists.

“We have seen some difficulties especially in the Ashanti Region [and] we have given ourselves some one week to cater for some of these challenges.”

He added that the workload on the party is too enormous to meet the November 7 deadline.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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