Campaign coordinator for Professor Johia Alabi, one of the contenders in the upcoming January 19, 2019 National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primaries, Nii Amasah Noamole, has jabbed the leadership of the party for pegging filing and nomination forms at GHC42, 000.
The figure he lamented is not only outrageous but a means to deprive other persons from contesting former President John Dramani Mahama.
The move he warned might prevent young people from joining the party because they will see the party as one that supports opulence.
Reacting Johnson Asiedu Nketiah’s claim that, social democracy does not mean poverty following a question asked him over the figure and the social democratic principles of the NDC, Mr Namoale said social democracy is not poverty but it does not also mean you should auction the party to the highest bidder. Social democracy should be a practice that allows more people to contest a race without money being a hindrance.
He wondered why the party is charging such an outrageous figure in opposition as compared to what they paid when they were in power.
‘’The figure is outrageous and I appeal to the leadership of the party to intervene,’’ he said.
He admonished the party to use other innovative means to raise funds including bonds, the sale of tickets, credit cards among others.
‘’The figure will affect the party and will create apathy especially among the supporters of other candidates who will fail to raise the money for the race or contest.’’
Aspirants he said should have been given six months notice in order for them to raise the money to pick their forms and file.
The ten days given aspirants to pick forms and file he stressed is unreasonable and no candidate would be able to gather the need signatories for the forms.
The NDC has decided that presidential aspirants in the up-coming primary should pay GH₵400,000 as a filing fee.
At a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting Thursday morning, the party agreed that nomination forms should sell at GH¢20,000.
Female candidates will pay 50 per cent less [GH¢200,000] of the filing fee whilst there is an additional reduction for aspirants with physical disabilities [GH¢150,000].
The party has agreed to hold the presidential primary on January 19, 2019.
The nomination will be opened on Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4 and that aspirants who pick the nomination forms would have to file them on December 13 and 14.
A 7-member committee will vet the aspirants and the winner would have to obtain valid votes of 50 per cent plus one, General Secretary Asiedu Nketiah said on Thursday.