Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin says he may redraw from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) race if the GHS 420,000 nomination and filing fee is not reduced.
The aspirant is accusing the National Executive Committee of violating the party’s constitution by going ahead to announce and implement the election guidelines without consulting the party’s Council of Elders.
Speaking to Accra based Citi Fm, Mr Bagbin said ‘’You want me to participate in doing the wrong thing? No. I don’t think so. It is not right to do so,” he responded when he was asked whether he will stay in the race if the fees do not change.’’
I have raised a legal point and I’m saying the whole guidelines that they are basing all the process on is a nullity. The constitution is very clear, that those guidelines are drafted in consultation with the council of elders. The Council of Elders have not been consulted so the National Executive Committee on their own cannot on drafts the guidelines, and come out to announce it and start implementing it. We think that the whole process is nullity. It is completely abhorrence with the party’s own constitution. We need to meet, look at the laws, do the proper thing and then the other things can follow.”
“We are not picking forms until these things have been addressed…We are aspiring to lead the nation and we must learn to do the right thing before we lead the nation to also do the right thing to develop the country and so we will not condone and connive in wrongdoing,” he added.
He wants the party to dialogue with all the stakeholders in finding an amicable solution to the matter.
“The best practice is for them to reach out to the beneficiaries of the whole process and at least listen to our side, that is not in the constitution but that would have been the best practice,” he said.
So far, former President John Dramani Mahama, Professor Joshua Alabi and George Boateng, a former youth organizer of the party have all picked their nomination forms to contest the presidential primaries.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has pegged its filing fees at GH¢400,000 for all flagbearer hopefuls of the party, MyNewsGh.com can authoritatively confirm.
This decision was reached at a National Executive Committee Meeting last week.
The race for the party will be held on 19th January 2019. Forms will cost GHC20,000 per aspirant and filing fee will cost Ghc400,000.