Samia Yaba Nkrumah
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) opened nominations yesterday for the party’s presidential and parliamentary primaries which have been slated for 2016.
The two-week exercise is intended to give interested members the opportunity to contest the party’s primaries with the presidential aspirants’ fee pegged at GH¢155,000 – higher than any political party in the country.
National youth organizer of the party, Ernesto Yeboah, told Citi FM on Monday it was a strategic decision by the party to open nominations at this time.
“Presidential aspirants will pay GH¢5,000 when they come to pick up forms. After that, they will be required to pay a filing fee of GH¢150,000 and an extra GH¢50,000 as development levy,” he disclosed.
“For parliamentary aspirants, when you are picking the forms you will pay GH¢500 and then pay GH¢2,000 when you eventually file your nominations,” Mr Ernesto Yeboah added.
Presidential aspirants for the two biggest political parties in the country – the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party – paid GH¢55,000 and GH¢85,000 each respectively.
Ernesto Yeboah explained that the leadership of the CPP decided to raise the fee because the party had to gather all the resources needed for an effective campaign in 2016.
“We need to invest in our own party. No one can do that for us so we all have to help. That is why we are asking that these amounts be paid,” the youth organizer explained.
Meanwhile, some youth of the party on Monday, picked up forms for former National Chairperson, Samia Nkrumah, to contest in the party’s presidential primary.
Others, including the 2012 presidential candidate, Dr Michael Abu Sakara Foster and Lawyer Bright Akwetey, are expected to pick up their nomination forms too.