WHERE WILL THE NDC GET MONEY TO CONDUCT ITS ELECTIONS IF OTHERS EXCEPT MAHAMA LEAVE THE RACE?

WHERE WILL THE NDC GET MONEY TO CONDUCT ITS ELECTIONS IF OTHERS EXCEPT MAHAMA LEAVE THE RACE?

One reason informing this extortionate ghc420,000 (4.2 billion) filing fees is the huge cost the party is grappling with to organize the elections, according to Asiedu Nketia and the other commentators on the issue since its announcement.

They opine that the party has enlarged its electoral college which will require a lot of money in ferrying delegates to and fro the constituency capital, their feeding, monies for EC officials and monies the EC will charge, and these, they say, have informed the party to raise the filing fees to such an outrageous level.

They say the party does not have the financial muscle to take up a budgeted amount of GHC10 million (10 trillion). It is, therefore, not out of place for aspiring candidates to be asked to pay GHC420,000 (4.2 billion)

This particular point being advanced by the NDC is inconsistent with logical reasoning. The point has to be made that this singular reason is not only logical but hugely puzzling.

The figure, first of all, defeats the ideological tenets our NDC friends hold on to. A social democratic party hardly indulges in such frivolities. Unfortunately, the so-called social democratic party in Ghana is doing the opposite.

Honing in on the need to charge this exorbitant fee resulting from the costs involved in organizing these elections, one may ask, should all the other aspiring candidates abandon their ambitions in vying for the position and only John Mahama is to pay, can his GHC420,000 (4.2 billion) contain all the estimated costs in conducting the elections?

We do not need to be blessed with extrasensory gifts in order to come to the realization that the GHC420,000 filing fee from John Dramani Mahama cannot consume even 5% of the costs estimated for the elections.

This begs the question; Where will the party raise the remaining amount of money required for the elections? This reality makes that particular reason nonsensical if not moot.

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