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GUIDELINES FOR THE ELECTION OF PARLIAMENTARY

CANDIDATES FOR THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC

CONGRESS (NDC) FOR THE 2024 GENERAL ELECTIONS.

1.0 GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1 These guidelines are designed to guide the conduct of competitive

democratic elections for the selection of Parliamentary Candidates for

the NDC in all constituencies across the country in accordance with

the provisions of the 1992 Constitution and Article 41 of the NDC

Constitution.

1.2 The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure free, fair, credible and

transparent elections of Parliamentary Candidates to represent the

NDC in the 2024 general election at the constituency level.

1.3 The election of the Parliamentary Candidate for every

Constituency shall be held on Saturday 13th May, 2023 in accordance

with Article 41 of the NDC Constitution.

1.4 The election of Parliamentary Candidate shall be held at a venue

within the Constituency as determined by the Constituency Executive

Committee in consultation with the Regional Executive Committee

(REC) of the respective region.

1.5 The National Executive Committee (NEC) through your General

Secretary shall notify all Constituency Executive Committees of the

party on the date for the opening of nominations for parliamentary

primaries.

1.6 The Constituency Executive Committees, upon receipt of such

notice shall, within 72 hours, circulate the notice to all branches

within the constituency inviting nominations from prospective

candidates.

2.0 QUALIFICATION

 

2.1 A person desirous of contesting for the position of Parliamentary

Candidate of the NDC in any constituency shall:

  1. I) be a citizen of Ghana, who has attained the age of 21 years or

above.

  1. II) a card-bearing member of the party in good standing, who has paid

his/her party membership dues in full ( i.e from January 2018 to

December 2022).

III) be an active member of a branch of the party in the constituency

for not less than four (4) years immediately preceding the date of

filing his/her nominations, except otherwise determined by the

Functional Executive Committee or except the person is a member of

a foreign or external branch of the party.

  1. IV) not be a member of any other political party.
  2. V) be qualified to be elected as a Member of Parliament under the

provisions of the 1992 Constitution.

3.0 DISQUALIFICATION

3.1 A person shall not be qualified to contest as a Parliamentary

Candidate of the NDC if he/she:

  1. I) is disqualified under the electoral laws of Ghana from contesting

for the position of Member of Parliament.

  1. II) is for any reason disqualified from being a NDC member under

Article 48 of the party’s constitution.

III) fails to meet the requirements for the election of a Member of

Parliament under Article 94 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

3.2 MEMBERS OF EXTERNAL CHAPTERS OR MEMBERS

RESIDENT ABROAD.

 

3.2.1 A member of the party who belongs to a foreign Chapter or is

resident abroad who wishes to contest as a Parliamentary Candidate

must show with documentary proof that he or she does not hold

allegiance to or is not a citizen of any other country except Ghana.

 

4.0 PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION

4.1 The General Secretary, on the advice of NEC shall announce the

opening of nominations and the timetable for the process leading to

the election of Parliamentary Candidates in all constituencies of the

party.

4.2 Nomination forms shall be made available online for download on

www.ghanandc.com and a non-refundable fee of Five thousand

Ghana Cedis (Gh¢5,000.00) paid online via the stipulated momo or

bank card.

4.3 All eligible party members desirous of contesting the

parliamentary seat in any constituency shall download from online

and complete in triplicate, the nomination forms A and B.

4.4 The completed form A (nomination forms) and form B

(endorsement forms) shall be completed in triplicate and returned to

the Elections Directorate of the constituency on the announced date

by the General Secretary after the payment of a non-refundable filling

fee of Forty thousand Ghana cedis (Gh¢40,000.00) via Bank Card on

www.ghanandc.com.

4.5 Female candidates and Persons with Disabilities shall pay fifty

percent (50%) of the approved filling fees.

5.0 NOMINATIONS

5.1 Each contestant must be proposed by one person and seconded by

three (3) persons all of whom must be members of good standing of the party in different branches of the constituency. (good standing

means to have paid party dues from January 2018 to December 2022).

5.2 Each prospective candidate shall be endorsed by at least one

branch executive member of the party from 50 percent of the total

branches in the constituency (it is the responsibility of the aspirant to

confirm the status of his/her endorsers).

6.0 VETTING OF ASPIRANTS

6.1 There shall be a five-member Vetting Committee to determine the

eligibility or otherwise of all aspirants.

6.2 Members of the Vetting Committee shall not be candidates or

contestants in the parliamentary elections.

6.3 The Vetting Committee shall be composed of:

  1. I) One (1) NEC representative.
  2. II) Two (2) members appointed by the Regional Executive body.

III) One (1) Lawyer appointed by the NEC from ithe Legal Committee

of the party.

  1. IV) One (1) member of the Regional Council of Elders.

6.4 The Vetting Committee shall communicate its decisions to each

aspirant after the vetting.

6.5 Qualified aspirants shall ballot for positions on the ballot paper

immediately after the vetting process.

7.0 APPEALS

7.1 NEC shall constitute 7- Member Appeals Committees in all

regional capitals made up of the following:

(a) Three (3) members appointed by NEC.

(b) A member of the Legal Committee of the party

(c) A member of the Parliamentary group from the region.

(d) A former Appointee from the region

(e) One woman.

7.2 Any aspirant who is dissatisfied with the outcome of his or her

vetting shall have the right to appeal to an Appeals Committee of

NEC at the regional level in writing within 2 days of receiving the

decision of the Vetting Committee.

7.3 The Appeals Committee shall hear the appeal and determine

same within two (2) days of receiving the appeal.

8.0 CAMPAIGNING

8.1 All contestants shall be at liberty to undertake campaigning in all

the branches of the party without let or hindrance before the polling

day.

8.2 For the avoidance of doubt no campaigning is allowed on polling

day.

8.3 All contestants shall be free to display prominently, their names,

posters and other paraphernalia in all areas within the constituency

before the polling day.

9.0 VOTING

9.1 The following shall vote at the constituency elections:

  1. a) Members of the Branch Executives in the Constituency;
  2. b) The Member of Parliament and former Members of Parliament

from the Constituency;

  1. c) Members of the National Executive Committee both elected and

co-opted who are members of a Branch in the Constituency;

  1. d) Members of the Regional Executive Committee both elected and

co-opted who are members of a Branch in the Constituency;

  1. e) Members of the Constituency Executive Committee both elected

and co-opted who are members of a Branch in the Constituency;

  1. f) Members of the National and Regional Council of Elders who are

members of the Party and hail from the constituency;

  1. g) Former Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State;
  2. h) Former Presidential Staffers;
  3. I) Former Ambassadors and High Commissioners;
  4. J) Former Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives;
  5. K) Former Members of the Council of State;
  6. L) Founding members of the Party who are members of a Branch in

the Constituency.

  1. THERE SHALL BE NO PROXY VOTING.
  2. The Election Committee of the constituency shall make available

copies of the constituency voters’ register, at a price to be determined

by NEC, to all eligible contestants at least 7 days before the date of

elections.

  1. VOTING SHALL BE BY SECRET BALLOT.

12.1 Each candidate may appoint an agent to attend and be present at

both the time and place of voting and counting of votes.

12.2 Counting of votes shall be immediately after voting in the

presence of agents. The total number of votes for each candidate shall

be announced at the polling station.

12.3 Any Member of the Constituency Executive Committee (either

elected or appointed) who wishes to contest as Parliamentary

Candidate shall resign his position, upon the submission of his

completed nomination forms.

12.4 A short listed candidate who wins the primaries by a simple

majority of votes cast shall be declared as duly elected as the party’s

Parliamentary Candidate for that constituency.

12.5 If at the close of nominations only one person files his

nomination as the Party’s Parliamentary candidate, he shall be

declared elected.

  1. PUBLIC STATEMENTS, PRESS STATEMENTS AND

PUBLIC PRONOUCEMENTS.

13.1 No organ, institution, branch or structure of the Party shall issue

any public or press statements in support of any of the contestants.

For the avoidance of doubt, no Party Executive Member (National,

Regional and Constituency) or any member of any organ of the Party

shall issue any public statements or make any public pronouncements

which have the effect of committing the support of the whole of that

organ, institution, branch or structure of the Party to any contestant.

13.2 Any person who violates or breaches any part of these guidelines

shall be subject to sanctions by NEC upon recommendation of the

Disciplinary Committee.

14.0 CONSTITUENCY ELECTION COMMITTEE (CEC)

15.1 There shall be a 5-member CEC who shall be appointed by the

Constituency Executive Committee in consultation with the Regional

Executive Committee.

15.2 The composition of the 5-member CEC shall include the

Director of Elections for the Constituency and a female

representative.

15.3 All members of CEC shall not be contestants in the election.

15.4 The CEC shall appoint their chairman from among themselves.

15.5 The CEC shall be responsible for receiving all nomination forms

and hand it over to the Vetting Committee for the Constituency.

15.6 The CEC shall assist the Vetting Committee in their work.

16.0 ELECTION DAY

16.1 The elections shall be organized by the Electoral Commission of

Ghana in collaboration with the Election committee of the

constituency.

16.2 On Election Day, all rules governing the conduct of national

elections shall apply except as otherwise provided under these

guidelines or directed by NEC.

16.3 The Parliamentary elections shall be held alongside the

Presidential elections between the hours of 09HRS – 16HRS on

Saturday 13th May, 2023 at a designated venue in the constituency.

17.0 COMPLAINTS

17.1 Any contestant who feels aggrieved at any time during the

election process before election day shall make a formal complaint to

the CEC and the CEC shall within three (3) working days consider the complaints brought before it and issue appropriate decisions which

shall be complied with by all affected parties.

17.2 Any contestant who feels aggrieved at any time during the

election shall complain to the CEC and together with the Electoral

Commission Officials resolve the matter where possible.

17.3 Where the complaint is lodged with the Appeals Committee of

the Party, the committee shall within seven (7) working days consider

the complaints brought before it and issue appropriate decisions

which shall be complied with by all affected parties.

…………..END………….

TIMETABLE FOR PRESIDENTIAL AND PARLIAMENTARY

ELECTIONS, 2024.

ACTIVITY

DATE

OPENING OF NOMINATIONS MONDAY 22ND – 24TH

FEBRUARY, 2023

SUBMISSION OF FORMS/

FILING OF NOMINATION

MONDAY 20TH – 22ND

MARCH 2023

VETTING

MONDAY 27th – 29th MARCH,

2023

APPEAL

30TH MARCH – 6TH APRIL,

2023

ELECTIONS

SATURDAY, 13TH MAY, 2023

 

 

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