The National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Wednesday filed the presidential nomination forms of John Dramani Mahama, its flagbearer amid criticism of the Electoral Commission (EC).
The General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia submitted the forms on behalf of Mr Mahama, who is currently campaigning in the Western North Region and launched his campaign.
Mr Asiedu Nketia raised issues with the timing of the filing of nomination forms at a time the final voters register was not ready.
He was concerned that it is possible some of the voters endorsing the presidential nomination forms may not find their names in the final register by the time it was ready.
He argued that even on Wednesday morning before the filing in the afternoon, the NDC was receiving phone calls from some of its members informing the national office that their details had changed and the EC had issued them with new voter ID cards with new ID numbers.
This, he said was the NDC's argument and preference that the filing should have been done at a time the final register was ready.
“The laws of the Commission indicated that an old register does not become extinct until a new one is finalised and certified. We have a situation when we are called upon to file nominations where there is a big doubt as to which register will be the base document for the filing of nominations.”
“It is unfortunate that a mature democracy like Ghana’s, we are having to go into elections as if we haven’t tasted democracy before,” he said.
The NDC followed the Progressive People’s Party in filing the nomination forms.