- The campaign team of former president Mahama has begged supporters to help raise the GH₵400K filing fee
- The spokesperson of the campaign team, James Agyenim Boateng, said the campaign team was “counting on the goodwill of people”
- Other presidential candidates of the NDC have described the filing fee by the party as hefty
The 2020 campaign team of former president John Mahama is currently soliciting the support of people to raise the GH₵400K filing fee for presidential candidates.
This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the campaign team, James Agyenim Boateng.
Additionally, he said the team was also looking forward to support from well-meaning people to raise money for the nomination forms as well.
This follows the announcement of the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Aseidu Nketia, that the nomination fee has been pegged at GH₵20,000, while the filing fee at GH₵400,000 formerly four billion cedis.
Speaking on how the team was planning to raise the money, Agyenim Boateng, said “we are counting on the goodwill of people.”
He revealed that many people have pledged support for the former president adding that the team was ready.
“Many people have been pledging support for former President John Dramani Mahama. I have followed many people who say they are more than ready to support raise the money to be able to buy the forms as well as be able to pay the filing fee and we are ready for the reception we are getting,” Agyenim Boateng said.
Mahama will be contesting the likes of Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin; Joshua Alabi, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority, Sylvester Mensah; a former MCE of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu; Nurudeen Iddrisu; Stephen Atubiga and Goosie Tanoh among others.
Meanwhile, the campaign team of Prof. Joshua Alabi has described the fee as “unacceptable”, but said this would not force Alabi to pull out of the race.
A member of the team, Richard Quashigah, said by quoting such a high figure, the NDC was literally putting up the party for sale to the highest bidder.
“I had hoped that the General Secretary will not have come out with figures like that. Previously, it was 50,000. The argument stays that we are a social democratic party, we don’t do thing like other political parties in this country because we are of a unique stock."
"And so if now we will also be taking the same trajectory as the NPP then it is most unfortunate. This figure is unacceptable and very much on the high side. It will appear that we have put the party up for sale to the highest bidder which ought not to be the case,” Quashigah said.
The National Democratic Congress, NDC, has set January 19, 2019, for its Presidential primaries.
In a related development, Asiedu Nketia, said the fees were moderate and not expensive as people were complaining of.
He has said the fees will help cater for the expensive cost associated with holding elections.
“If you compare these monies against the cost of organizing the activities we are talking about, you will realize that the party will still have to raise money to supplement whatever will be accruing from these filing fees so I do not see how anybody can say that it is outrageous. NPP three years ago was charging 500,000. We were all with you here in this country, did you complain?” he querried.
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