The GHS420,000 nomination and filing fee for flag bearer aspirants of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is disturbing, Mr Joe Nyame, the spokesperson for the Campaign team of Mr Goosie Tanoh, one of the flag bearer hopefuls, has said.
He explained that as a social democratic party, money should not be used as an impediment in the way of people who want to take up leadership positions.
All male flag bearer aspirants of the NDC are expected to pay GHS400,000 as filing fee 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.
The party took the decision at a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, 29 November at the party’s headquarters in Accra. According to the party, all aspirants have up to 10 days to submit the [properly filled forms].
But Mr Nyame told Kwabena Prah Jnr (The Don) on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Friday, 30 November that: “This is disturbing”, adding: “This is a social democratic party and, so, we need not put impediments in the ways of people who want positions in the party, whether rich or poor.
“This amount will make only the rich take leadership positions in the party and that is worrying.”