Kumawood actress Tracey Boakye has disclosed that she paid GHS2,000 as her contribution towards raising an amount of GHC 420,000 for former President John Mahama as his filing and nomination fee.
Mr Mahama is seeking to be the flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 elections.
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The NDC, at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, 29 November at the party’s headquarters in Accra, resolved that all male flag bearer aspirants are expected to pay GHC 400,000 as filing fee while female flag bearer-aspirants are to pay GHC 200,000 and persons with disability aspiring to the same position are to pay GHC 150,000.
The nomination forms are being sold at GHC 20,000.
Critics, including some of the flag bearer aspirants, have slammed the “exorbitant” filing fee.
However, Ms Boakye, a staunch supporter of Mr Mahama, said on Accra FM on Monday, 3 December 2018 that the filing fee “is cool”.
“I paid GHC 2,000 for Mahama”, she said.
According to her, she paid on Sunday through the shortcode provided by the Mahama campaign team to help raise funds for the former President.
Meanwhile, some grassroots supporters of the NDC on Monday, 3 November 2018 queued at the former president at the Cantonments, Accra to contribute their widow’s mite towards the former president’s GHC 420,000 fee.
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Also, MPs4JM, a group of 96 Minority Members of Parliament who have declared their support for Mr Mahama’s bid to run for the NDC flag bearer, has so far mobilised 603 pledges of GHC 1,000 each towards footing the fees of Mr Mahama.
The NDC’s presidential primary is slated for 19 January 2019.
Sources close to MPs4Mahama tell ClassFMonline.com that the group has so far raised GHC 600,000 through its “Operation 420 people willing to contribute GHS1,000 for JM” campaign.