A flagbearer aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Stephen Atubiga has questioned the rationale behind the party’s decision to charge GHC 400,000 as filing fees.

The National Executives of the NDC announced that persons seeking to become the presidential candidate of the opposition party and lead it into the 2020 general elections will have to pay a total of 420,000 cedis to qualify to contest the race.

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GhanaNewsPage.Com gathered that each of the 11 aspirants including former President John Mahama who have declared to contest the flagbearership, will have to pay 20,000 for nomination forms and additional 400,000 cedis as filing fee.

“Female candidates will pay 50% less of the filing fee while there will be an additional reduction for aspirants with physical disabilities,” General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia announced.

Atubiga however believes that the amount is too outrageous insisting that no politician can pay the said amount without the support of businessmen.

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“We are not a capitalist party, it’s a social democratic party, it’s for the poor…it’s almost $100,000 they are charging as filing fees, but that is against the values of our party, the party stands for the nobodies…,” he said on Accra FM as monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com.

Eleven persons have declared to contest the race and have since been crisscrossing the country trying to woo the party’s over 9,000 delegates to give them the nod to lead the party to victory in the 2020 elections.

They are former President John Mahama; Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin; a former Trade Minister, Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah; a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority, Mr Sylvester Adinam Mensah and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi.

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The rest are a banker and oil and gas consultant, Mr Nurideen Iddrisu; the MP for Cape Coast South, Mr George Kwaku Ricketts Hagan; a member of the NDC’s communication team, Mr Stephen Atubiga; a lawyer,­­­ Mr Elikplim Agbemava and Mr David Doste Kwame Kuwadah, and Goosie Tanoh.

On November 17 the party’s delegates gathered in Accra to elect national executives.

Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.Com

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