Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Part Jnr. says the flagbearer aspirants of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) must shut up and pay the 420 thousand filing fees, saying the amount is even too small for them to pay.
According to the veteran journalist cum Pan Africanist, looking at the cost of organizing the flagbearership contest and the large number of delegates the party will be dealing with, it makes sense for the party to peg the filing fee at such high price.
He said the fact that some of the aspirants including former president John Dramani Mahama and Alban Bagbin have been able to get supporters and financiers to support them with funding, is an indication that the rest of the aspirants can also marshal the amount from their followers.
Mr. Pratt observed that had the party left it to the candidates to dip their hands into their pockets and come up with the amount, it would have been wrong, adding that once it is open to the sympathizers and supporters of the various candidates, it is acceptable.
He said as men who want to contest the NDC presidential candidacy and eventually become president of the nation should they win the general election, it is important that they possess certain acumen that shows their mobilization skills.
He added the candidates must consider the financial burden of organising the election before complaining about the huge filing fees.