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
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
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
2.1 A person desirous of contesting for the position of Parliamentary
Candidate of the NDC in any constituency shall:
- I) be a citizen of Ghana, who has attained the age of 21 years or
- 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
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.
- IV) not be a member of any other political party.
- V) be qualified to be elected as a Member of Parliament under the
provisions of the 1992 Constitution.
3.1 A person shall not be qualified to contest as a Parliamentary
Candidate of the NDC if he/she:
- I) is disqualified under the electoral laws of Ghana from contesting
for the position of Member of Parliament.
- 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
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
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
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
4.5 Female candidates and Persons with Disabilities shall pay fifty
percent (50%) of the approved filling fees.
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:
- I) One (1) NEC representative.
- 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.
- 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.
7.1 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.
8.1 All contestants shall be at liberty to undertake campaigning in all
the branches of the party without let or hindrance before the polling
8.2 For the avoidance of doubt no campaigning is allowed on polling
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.
9.1 The following shall vote at the constituency elections:
- a) Members of the Branch Executives in the Constituency;
- b) The Member of Parliament and former Members of Parliament
from the Constituency;
- c) Members of the National Executive Committee both elected and
co-opted who are members of a Branch in the Constituency;
- d) Members of the Regional Executive Committee both elected and
co-opted who are members of a Branch in the Constituency;
- e) Members of the Constituency Executive Committee both elected
and co-opted who are members of a Branch in the Constituency;
- f) Members of the National and Regional Council of Elders who are
members of the Party and hail from the constituency;
- g) Former Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State;
- h) Former Presidential Staffers;
- I) Former Ambassadors and High Commissioners;
- J) Former Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives;
- K) Former Members of the Council of State;
- L) Founding members of the Party who are members of a Branch in
- THERE SHALL BE NO PROXY VOTING.
- 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
- 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
- PUBLIC STATEMENTS, PRESS STATEMENTS AND
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
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
15.2 The composition of the 5-member CEC shall include the
Director of Elections for the Constituency and a female
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
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.
17.1 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.
TIMETABLE FOR PRESIDENTIAL AND PARLIAMENTARY
OPENING OF NOMINATIONS MONDAY 22ND – 24TH
SUBMISSION OF FORMS/
FILING OF NOMINATION
MONDAY 20TH – 22ND
MONDAY 27th – 29th MARCH,
30TH MARCH – 6TH APRIL,
SATURDAY, 13TH MAY, 2023