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Review GHc420,000 filling fee for flagbearer aspirants else forget about 2020 – ASEPA cautions NDC

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The Alliance for Social Equity & Public Accountability [ASEPA] has expressed displeasure at the decision of the NDC to peg the filling fee of flagbearer hopefuls at a cost of GHc420,000.

“For a socialist party, this is primarily unacceptable and an affront to social democratic principles which focuses more on elevating the poor and vulnerable in society,” a statement issued by the group today and signed by the Executive Director, Mensah Thompson, said.

The group has thus, “admonished the NDC ahead of its National Congress to live up to its democratic principles and not raise huge billboards and banners at their congress at the Trade Fair.”

According to the statement, it would be very difficult for the NDC to convince the people of Ghana that the NDC was not corrupt in government if all 11 Aspirants are able to raise GHc420,000.

ASEPA’s caution statement came couple of hours after the general secretary of the NDC, Mr Asiedu Nketiah indicated at a press conference that NDC flagbearer aspirants are to pay GHc420,000 filling fee.

According to ASEPA, if all 11 Aspirants are able to pay this amount, it “may further confirm the numerous allegations by the NPP that the NDC was corrupt.”

Read below full statement:

*GHC 420,000 FILLING FEE FOR NDC FLAGBEARER ASPIRANTS-NDC MUST FORGET THE 2020 ELECTIONS IF IT FAILS TO REVIEW THE PRICE DOWNWARDS-ASEPA*

ASEPA has noted with huge disappointment the decision of the NDC to peg the filling fee of Flagbearer hopefuls at a cost of 420,000 Ghana Cedis.

For a socialist party this primarily unacceptable and an affront to social democratic principles which focuses more on elevating the poor and vulnerable in society.

It would be recalled that ASEPA admonished the NDC ahead of its National Congress to live up to its democratic principles and not raise huge billboards and banners at their congress at the Trade Fair.

Unfortunately the situation at their congress was not quite different from that of the recently held  NPP congress in Koforidua.

This trend is gradually moving the NDC away from a social democratic Party to more of a Capitalist-Socialist Party.

This trend if not checked would have adverse implications on the Party in the long term and by far a negative effect on intra Party democracy in Ghana.

Prior to the 2016 elections when the Electoral Commission decided to peg the filling fees for Members of Parliament Aspirants at 10 000 cedis,it was met with a lot of public disapproval including concerns from the NDC.

It would very difficult for the NDC to convince the people of Ghana that the NDC was not corrupt in government if all 11 Aspirants are able to raise 420 000 cedis.

This may further confirm the numerous allegations by the NPP that the NDC was corrupt.

And for a political party that is in opposition this may turn out to be a politically unwise decision.

We are therefore urging Parliament to enforce the strict compliance of the  Political Parties Financing Act and also enact more regulatory laws that would monitor and regulate the activities of Political parties in the country especially political party financing and spending on elections.

That is the only way we can make headways in the fight against Political and governance corruption in the Country.

Signed:

Mensah Thompson

Executive Director, ASEPA

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Cc.

The National Executive Committee,NEC

Coalition of Public Accountability CSO’s

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Source: Theprobegh.com|Ghana

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