Information available to The Probe indicates that the 400,000 cedi controversial National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer aspirant filing fee has been reduced to 300,000 cedis.
This comes after a meeting between the party’s Council of Elders and the National Executive Committee (NEC) Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
It was also concluded at the meeting that the deadline for picking of nomination forms which was Tuesday, December 4, has been extended to Saturday, December 8.
Accordingly, the presidential primary for the party that was scheduled for January 19, 2019 has been scheduled to January 26, 2019.
It could be recalled that the NEC of party on Thursday, November 29 concluded that male flagbearer aspirants pay 400,000 cedis as filing fees and female aspirants 200,000 cedis while persons with disability pay 150,000 cedis.
December 3 and 4 were set for the aspirants to pick up nomination forms at the cost of 20,000 cedis.
Most of the aspirants and other members of the party condemned the decision by the NEC, as some described the 400,000 cedi as “ridiculously outrageous.”
The general secretary of NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia justified the fee, indicating that the filing fee was set at that amount with the view to testing the fundraising abilities of the aspirants. According to him, the one who will emerge the flagbearer will have to raise money to fund the 2020 elections.
Eight aspirants who disagreed with the filing fee, however, petitioned the party’s Council of Elders couple of days ago to intervene in the issue. The eight were Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Alban S.K. Bagbin, Goosie Tanoh, Sylvester Mensah, Stephen Atubiga, Nurideen Iddrisu, Kojo Bonsu and Elikplim Agbemava.
They indicated in the petition to the Council of Elders that if the controvrsial 400,000 cedi filing fee is not reduced they are going to boycott the primary in protest.
Nevertheless, as at Tuesday, by close of nominations, forms had been picked by Mr John Mahama, Mr Alban Bagbin, Professor Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Adinam Mensah and Stephen Atubiga.