A Communication team member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Solomon Nkansah, has shed some amount of light on the decision by his party to charge flagbearer hopefuls GHC400,000 filing fee.
According to Mr Nkansah, contrary to speculations that the figure was aimed at eliminating some contestants in the race, the aim was to help the party organise a successful presidential primary.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Friday, Mr. Nkansah explained that the new fee was to help mobilise funds for the elections and not a means to compromise the social democrat principles of the party.
“Every aspect of democracy is expensive and this is an act to cater for the demands of the upcoming presidential primaries. Elections will be held at the constituency level hence, we must be able to mobilise enough funds to cater for all the constituencies,” he explained further.
He added that the new development is a swift move by the party’s national executives to restore the core values of the party.
“This is a process every party will go through and for the NDC, this is to restore the party’s discipline and consciousness,” he added.
The National Democratic Congress, NDC, has set January 19, 2019, for its Presidential primaries.
Nomination forms for the aspirants will cost GHC20,000, however, the filing fee will cost GHC 400,000.