The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has extended the deadline for filing of nominations for all national executive positions of the party to Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
The party’s acting Director of Elections, Mr Bede Ziedeng, who disclosed this to the Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra yesterday, said the Functional Executive Committee (FEC), upon the advice of the Council of Elders, took the decision to extend the closure from September 5, 2018 to Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
As of Thursday, a total of 91 out of 101 aspirants who picked nomination forms had successfully submitted their nominations at the party’s head office in Accra.
The two-week extension, according to Mr Ziedeng, was as a result of the continuous change in the dates for the party’s constituency and regional elections.
He explained that it gave aspirants limited time to plan their activities ahead of the September 5 deadline.
He said as of Wednesday noon, only 25 aspirants had reported at the party headquarters to file their nominations, a situation, he said, informed the FEC’s decision to “reasonably” defer the deadline.
“We did not receive a petition from any of the aspirants before deciding to postpone the exercise. However, turn-out for the filing of nominations was very poor as of Wednesday noon, the day of deadline. We had recorded only 25. However, later in the day, the figure shot up to 91. By that time, the decision to extend the closure had already been taken,” Mr Ziedeng said in the interview.