General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has defended the ¢420,000 the party is charging flagbearer aspirants, insisting democracy is not cheap.
He said aspirants must be ready to bear the cost because the party needs funds to finance its the presidential primaries.
Speaking on The Pulse on Joy News, Mr. Nketia gave a tongue-in-cheek response to those who say the filing fees are hefty.
According to him, the NDC could as well petition its founder Jerry John Rawlings to choose the party’s flagbearer, if they think democracy is too expensive.
“The shortest, cheapest means of getting a flagbearer is for us to go and appeal to our founder and say look, these are the aspirants. Look at all of us and make a choice as to who leads the party. Nobody will spend one cedi,” he said.
The NDC will go to the polls in January 2019 to elect its presidential candidate for the 2020 general election.
However, the party has been widely criticised for charging hefty filing fees from aspirants, especially those contesting the flagbearer position.
Following a meeting by the NDC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday, it was agreed that all male flagbearer aspirants will pay GHc400,000 as filing fee.
Female flagbearer aspirants are also expected to pay GHc200,000, while the amount is pegged at GHc150,000 for persons with disability aspiring to the same position.
Meanwhile, the nomination form for the NDC flagbearer slot is going for GHS20,000.
For parliamentary aspirants, males are expected to pay GHS20,000 as filing fees, while female aspirants will pay half the amount.
All aspirants have subsequently been given 10 days to officially and properly file their nominations.
The total GHc420,000 being requested from flagbearer aspirants has not enthused many people, with the camps of Alban Bagbin and Prof. Joshua Alabi already lamenting the situation.
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