THE Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has approved the Vice-President, Mr Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, as the running mate to President John Dramani Mahama for the 2012 presidential election.
The approval followed his nomination by President Mahama, an unimpeachable source close to the Presidency told the Daily Graphic yesterday.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NDC is expected to meet today (Tuesday) to confirm him.
Vice-President Amissah-Arthur, will then be officially outdoored by the NDC at the National Theatre at 4pm by President Mahama during which he (President Mahama) will also make some campaign pronouncements..
The source, however, declined to say when the official outdooring would take place but indicated that it would be pretty soon.
Mr Amissah-Arthur, an economist and then Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), was nominated on July 31, this year, by President Mahama to be considered by Parliament as the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana.
Mr Amissah-Arthur’s nomination and approval by Parliament as the Vice-President was in line with Article 60 (10) of the 1992 Constitution.
His nomination followed the swearing in of Mr Mahama as the President following the death of President John Evans Atta Mills on July 24, 2012.
Mr Mahama was sworn into office in fulfilment of Article 60 (6) of the 1992 Constitution, which states: “Whenever the President dies, resigns or is removed from office, the Vice-President shall assume office as President for the unexpired term of office of the President with effect from the date of the death, resignation or removal of the President.”
Prior to Mr Amissah-Arthur’s nomination as Vice-President, many names had made t