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NDC GH¢2000 Filing Fee Reasonable Compared To The NPP – Alhaji Bature

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The Managing Editor of the Bilingual Free Press, Alhaji Bature, has lauded the incumbent National Democratic Congress for pegging the filing fee for aspiring parliamentary candidates at GH¢2,000. He said even though the filing fee is still on the high side, it is reasonable compared to the NPP’s filing fee.
The ruling NDC have pegged its aspiring parliamentary filing fee at GH¢2,000 as compared to the opposition NPP’s filing fee of GH¢16,000. Female aspirants’ filing fee has however, been pegged at GH¢1,000 as compared to the NPP’s female filing fee of GH¢8,000.
Aspirants will have to pick up application forms at a fee of GH¢200 before paying the filing fee as well.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme, Alhaji Bature commended the party for particularly giving 50% concession to the female aspirants. According to him, it will encourage more women to contest.
“I laud the NDC for the rate of the filing fee, even though it is still on the high side if you compare it to the NPP, it is reasonable; particularly the 50% reduction for the women,” he said.
According to him, even though the fee is reasonable there are some regions where NDC aspirants would only contest because they just to partake in the process.
“People especially in the Ashanti region do not contest because they will win, but because they want to leave a mark. They know that no matter how hard they try, they will never win in some regions like the Ashanti region, likewise the NPP in the Volta region. It wouldn’t be easy for somebody to just waste GH¢2000, when he knows he can never win,” he noted.
He said the NDC is poor compared to the NPP, who likes showmanship and pride themselves around that they are rich.
The Member of Parliament for Adenta, Hon. Kofi Adu Asare also sang the praises of the NDC executives saying the party has shown that they truly care for the people. According to him, everybody anticipated an upward adjustment
of the filing fee since the party is in power but the executives have been considerate compared to the NPP.

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