General News of Thursday, 6 December 2018
Snippets of information reaching Peacefmonline.com indicate that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has reportedly reduced the filing fee for Presidential Primaries of the party which comes off in January 2019.
This decision reportedly comes after some Presidential aspirants within the party expressed concerns over the filing and nomination fees.
The disgruntled aspirants in a joint petition to the opposition party’s National Council of Elders demanded among others, a reduction in the filing and nomination fees.
They also wanted the election date postponed to March.
Alban Bagbin, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Sylvester Mensah, Stephen Atubiga, Nurudeen Iddrisu, Goosie Tanoh, Kojo Bonsu and Elikplim Agbemava want the nomination fees, or fees for collection of forms, pegged at GH¢ 5,000 and filing fees reduced to GH¢100,000.
Deadline for filing of nomination was initially slated on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 where only five aspirants picked forms to contest the Presidential Primaries.
Upon intervention by the Council of Elders of the party, the National Executive Council (NEC) has finally reviewed the amount, cutting down from GHC 400,000 to GHC 300,000.
The party leadership has also extended the deadline for filing of nomination to Saturday, December 8, 2018.
However, the GHC 20,000 fee for picking nomination forms remain same while the party has moved the primaries which was initially scheduled on January, 19 next year to January 26, 2019.
Goosie Tanoh calls for restart of primaries process
One of the dispruntled aspirants, Goosie Tanoh, has said there are viable reasons to reopen the just ended process for picking of nomination forms.
The process closed amid concerns by eight of the 12 aspirants that the nomination and filing fees set by the National Executive Committee (NEC) breached the party’s constitution.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mr Goosie Tanoh said there are at least two political grounds for reviewing and restarting the primaries process, an important part of which was ended on Tuesday.