Former President John Dramani Mahama has picked his nomination form to contest the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential election. The form was picked on his behalf Monday morning by a few members of the NDC from the Asawase voting demographic in Kumasi, Graphic Online has learnt.
They paid the GHȼ20,000 cost for the form on behalf of Mr John Mahama, who is trying to seek a second term as president. Already, Mr Mahama is said to have received pledges amounting to about GHȼ500,000 in support of his campaign whilst other contestants in the race, are complaining that the GHȼ20,000 cost for the nomination form and the GHȼ400,000 filing fee was on the higher side.
The other aspirants numbering eight have petitioned the founder of the NDC, Mr Jerry John Rawlings and the Council of Elders for them to intervene. One of the presidential aspirants, Mr Alban Bagbin has said he will exit from the race if the Council of Elders of the NDC fail to impress upon the national executives to review the GHȻ400,000 filing fee.
“I will not pick the form and I will not file and I will make it known that it is not because I cannot mobilse” he said.
All male flag bearer aspirants of the party are to pay GH₵400,000 while female aspirants (so far none has declared interest) are to pay GHȻ200,000 while persons with disability aspiring to the same position are to pay GH₵150,000.
The announcement of the fee has since last week when it was made public, been met with a public outcry, particularly by a number of the aspirants and party folks.