NDC 420 thousand Cedis filing fee: Social democracy does not mean poverty – Asiedu Nketia

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The General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has defended the GHS400,000 filing fee for flag bearer aspirants of the party.

All male flag bearer aspirants are expected to pay GHS 400,000 while female flag bearer aspirants are to pay GHS200,000 and persons with disability aspiring to the same position are to pay GHS150,000.

The nomination form for the flag bearer slot is going for GHS20,000.

Also, the parliamentary aspirants are expected to pay GHS20,000 as filing fees.

Female parliamentary aspirants will pay half of that.

Some critics have raised concerns about the “exorbitant” filing fee.

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale, who is a staunch supporter of flag bearer aspirant Prof Joshua Alabi, has described the fee as “outrageous”.

But Mr Nketia stated that the party needs to raise funds to organise its primaries and aspirants should have no issues coughing up the said amount.

“The cost of living is high but somebody must pay the cost of running the elections; who is going to pay?” He questioned in an interview with journalists on Thursday, 29 November 2018.

In his opinion, even though the NDC is a social democratic political party “social democracy is not poverty”.

He continued: “I have not declared to be a presidential candidate so those who have declared to be presidential candidates must pay the cost”.

So far, 12 people including former president John Dramani Mahama have indicated their readiness to run for the flag bearer slot of the party in the presidential primaries scheduled for 19 January 2019.

The party took the decision at a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, 29 November at the party’s headquarters in Accra.

Source: Classfmonline

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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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