Accra Ghana December 4 2018: Our deep throat sources at the helm of the Opposition National Democratic Congress has confidently revealed that the filing fees announced for the flagbearership race of the party will be reduced to around 200 thousand GHC . “ I can assure you that the fees will be reduced before the end of the week” one of the stake holders of the party assured us but would like to remain anonymous.
The current afterthought and consideration of the fees is the result of the massive uproar by potential running mates , members of the party , Ghanaians and recently the founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings against filing fees .
Our calls to the scribe for the party , Asiedu Nketia, did not yield anything as he is tight lipped on the issue and refusing to answer questions related to the issue !
Meanwhile Nine flag bearer-hopefuls of the NDC have petitioned the party’s Council of Elders over the “exorbitant” GHS420,000 filing and nomination fees.
The petitioners are Alban Bagbin, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Mensah, Stephen Atubiga, Nurideen Iddrissu, Goosie Tanoh, Kojo Bonsu and Elikplim Agbemava.
The petition said the party was imposing “unreasonable” filing fees on the aspirants.
Part of the petition read:
“IMPOSITION OF UNREASONABLE FILING FEES
“Section 9 of the proposed Guidelines imposes the following filing fees on aspirants:
a. 400,000.00 Cedis for male aspirants;
b. 200,000.00 Cedis for female aspirants; and
c. 150.000.00 Cedis for Persons with Disabilities
“We oppose these fees on the grounds that they call the Party’s fundamental commitment to social democracy into question. Their mere publication has brought the Party into negative controversy. As a social democratic Party NDC must always be committed to breaking down class and social barriers and building a more inclusive politics and society. Our mission is to empower those currently marginalised by our elitist social institutions and bring them into public life in ways that strengthen productivity and solidarity, thereby increasing wealth for all.
“The imposition by NEC of filing fees that would exclude the vast majority of Party members from offering themselves for office is unacceptable to us and (from the public outrage exhibited over the last 24 hours) to Party activists and citizens in general. As regards precedent we observe that these fees are entirely out of line with the Party’s own historical practice. For example,in the NEC elections held just 2 weeks ago the fees for contestants for the position of chairman were GHS10,000.00 and that of General Secretary, GHS8,000.00. We note further that in 2012 and 2016 filing fees for the Presidential Primaries were pegged at GHS60,000 and GHS100,000.00 respectively”.