The Council of Elders of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are considdering the reduction of the filing fee the party has slapped on flag bearer hopefuls, Myxyzonline.com has learnt.
The NEC met the party’s National Executives today to resolve the seeming division in the party following the announcement of GHS420,000 as filing fee for picking and filing of nomination forms for Presidential aspirants.
XYZ News has learnt that before the NEC briefs the Council of Elders under the Chairmanship of the party’s founder, H.E Jerry John Rawlings on proceedings of the meeting, slashing the filing fee is imminent.
XYZ News has picked information that instead of GHS420,000, the filing fee will go for GHS300,000. Also the deadline for picking of nomination forms will be extended to Saturday, December 8,2018.
This follows a protest from some eight (8) aspirants within the party kicking against the amount.
Eight (8) flag bearer hopefuls, on Monday, petitioned the National Council of Elders of the party, under the chairmanship of the Founder, former President H.E Jerry John Rawlings, to intervene to prevent the party from veering off its social democratic principles.
Notable among them are former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekow Spio-Garbrah; a former Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu; Nurudeen Iddrisu; private legal practitioner, Elikplim Agbemava, and Augustus Goosie Tanoh.
The eight boycotted the picking of nomination forms as the party opened its doors for them on Monday and Tuesday, to protest the filing fee.
At the time the party closed the sale of forms Tuesday, it was former president John Mahama; a former Vice Chancellor of University of Professional Studies (UPS), Professor Joshua Alabi; Mr Stephen Atubigah; a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority, Mr Sylvester Mensah and second speaker of Parliament, Mr Algban Kingsford Bagbin had picked nomination forms.
According to the petitioners, specific issues they had with the guidelines were that the NEC did not meet the procedural requirements set out in Article 42 (1) (f) of the NDC constitution for publishing electoral guidelines.
The NEC, they said, had generally not met standards of stakeholder consultations acceptable in the party, adding that in publishing the guidelines, they NEC exceeded its powers and imposed eligibility criteria not provided for in the party’s constitution.
“These make the guidelines ultra vires to the NDC party constitution and thus null and void,” the petitioners stated.
They also said the guidelines did not provide adequate assurance of a level-playing field for the primary in the context of openly displayed bias on the part of some members of NEC.
The petitioners also objected to NEC’s proposal that the entire electoral process be completed within 45 days from December 5, 2018 to January 19, 2019.