The race for the flagbearership position of the NDC has officially opened.

And it clearly a battle to separate the men from the boys. Aspirants seeking the secure the mandate of the party will need to cough up 20,000 cedis as nomination fees and a whopping 400,000 Ghana cedis when filling their nominations. Meanwhile the presidential primaries for the party will be held on the 19th January, 2019 at all 275 constituencies in the country.

The decision on the presidential Primaries come barely two weeks after the party elected its national executives for the next four years.

Per the statutes of the NDC, the election of a flag bearer was to have taken place by December 7, 2018; 24 months before the 2020 general elections but after a postponement of the delegates’ conference it has compelled the party to amend its constitution to enable the presidential primary to be held later than expected.

Nominations forms for the aspirants will cost GHc 20,000, and a filing fee of GHc 400,000.

For women and persons with disabilities they will have to pay GHc 200,000 and 150,000 respectively.

General Secretary of the Party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, explained the rational behind the high nomination and filling fees

Former President John Dramani Mahama; the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin; a former Finance Minister, a former Deputy Finance Minister, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan are among the notables who have declared intent to contest the primaries.

Others who have stepped up include Prof. Joshua Alabi; a former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Sylvester Mensah; a former MCE of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu; Nurudeen Iddrisu; Stephen Atubiga and Goosie Tanoh.

Aspirants were cautioned to purchase forms from only the General Secretary and his Deputies

Picking of nomination forms is slated for the 3rd and 4th December from 9am-5pm each day. Vetting is pinned for the 17th and 18th this month. The Presidential primaries will be held on 19th January, 2019 all over the country.