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NDC Presidential Hopefuls To Pay GHC400k; Election On January 19

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The leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has announced the filing fee for all Presidential Hopefuls at a whopping amount of GHC400,000.

At a press conference held Thursday at the party’s headquarters, the leadership of the party said in order for the hopefuls to seal their candidature in the race, they will have to cough out a reported GHC20,000 to pick their forms for the January 19 polls.

The amount according to reports will be halved for women and aspirants with physical disabilities.

For the first time in the history of the largest opposition party, executives of the party at the branch, constituency, regional levels as well as national executives, will take place in the process to decide their flagbearer.

A decision is yet to be made on a schedule for the party’s parliamentary primaries. The decision on the presidential Primary comes barely two weeks after the party elected its national executives for the next four years.

About 11 people including former President John Mahama have declared their intention to lead the NDC in the 2020 polls.

The former President wants a comeback while the others are asking members to choose a new face to lead the party.

They are: Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin; a former Trade Minister, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah and a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Adinam Mensah.

The rest are the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi; a banker and oil and gas consultant, Nurideen Iddrisu; the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast South, George Kwaku Ricketts Hagan; a member of the NDC’s communication team, Stephen Atubiga; lawyer­­­ Elikplim Agbemava, Mr David Dotse Kwame Kuwadah and Goosie Tanoh.

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