The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will conclude the printing of ballot papers for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primaries today, July 6.
The Commission was contracted by the NDC to print the ballot papers, conduct the elections and declare results at the congress this weekend.
Speaking to Citi News, the head of Public Affairs at the EC, Christian Owusu-Parry indicated that the electoral process ahead of the NDC congress appears to be progressing smoothly.
“The party as I indicated yesterday (July 5) has asked the Electoral Commission to print the ballot papers for them and we have accepted to print the ballot papers…We are going to use only one day to print the ballot papers.
“All the arrangements for the congress are being handled by the party themselves. Our only role is to get the ballot papers printed and get the declaration of results forms ready and provide the ballot boxes and other materials”.
In a related development the Electoral Commission on Tuesday July 5 expressed displeasure at plans by the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for voting at the upcoming congress to be conducted on regional basis.
The leadership of NDC decided to introduce ten ballot boxes for delegates from each region to vote simultaneously at the Sunyani Congress, but the campaign team of former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings kicked against the move and petitioned the party General Secretary.
They threatened to resort to the Courts to halt the process, if the party went ahead with the plan.
However, Mr Owusu-Parry, told Citi News that the Commission in agreement with representatives from the camps of the two contenders, have resolved to provide one ballot box for two regions, with the exception of the Ashanti region which will have one box to itself because of the large number of delegates from the region.