The main opposition party in Ghana, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), will hold its primaries for the 2024 elections today. The party will choose its presidential and parliamentary candidates after a long period of intense campaigning and legal disputes.
The presidential race is between former President John Dramani Mahama and former Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu. The other contender, former Bank of Ghana governor Dr Kwabena Duffuor, pulled out of the race on Friday evening.
Dr Duffuor cited his dissatisfaction with the party’s preparations for the primaries; especially the voters register. He claimed that there were many irregularities in the process that had not been addressed by the party leadership.
“I cannot participate in an election that is clearly unfair and flawed. I have tried to raise these issues but they have fallen on deaf ears. After consulting with my supporters across the country, I have decided to withdraw from the presidential race,” Dr Duffuor said at a press conference.
The primaries will take place in 274 constituencies in the country, except for Manhyia South constituency where the election has been postponed.
More than 366, 000 delegates will cast their votes in today’s election, which has 739 parliamentary candidates vying for the party’s ticket.
47 of the parliamentary candidates have no opponents in their constituencies.