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NPP Charges MP aspirants ‘party development fee’ of Ghc30,000 each outside filing fee

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has introduced what it calls a party development fee in the amount thirty thousand Ghana cedis to be paid by all fresh aspirants to parliament.

According to a communique issued by the party, “an Aspiring Parliamentary Candidate (APC) shall procure Nomination Forms after the payment of the non-refundable application fee of GHC2,000 in Bankers Draft in favor of the New Patriotic Party National Headquarters, Accra.

To successfully file his/her nomination, an APC shall pay a nonrefundable filing fee of Twenty Thousand Ghana cedis (GHC20,000.00) in Bankers Draft in favor of the New Patriotic Party National Headquarters, Accra.

All Aspiring Parliamentary Candidates other than the sitting Members of Parliament shall pay a Party Development Fee of Thirty Thousand Ghana cedis (GHC30,000).”

This brings to a total of 52,000 Ghana Cedis the amount a prospective MP in the NPP needs to be able to merely contest a seat.

MMDCEs banned; rebate for women, PWDs, youth

The NPP will hold parliamentary primaries on Saturday April 25, 2020 in all the 169 constituencies where the party has sitting Members of Parliament except the Ayawaso West Wougon constituency and has banned all National Executives and Chief Executives at the various Assemblies from contesting.

This is because, the party, at a joint National Council and National Executive Committee meeting held on October 21, 2019, unanimously resolved that the current MP for the constituency, Hon Lydia Seyram Alhassan, who was recently elected as the party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency by-election be made to stand as the party’s candidate for election 2020.

Based on this, the council passed a resolution that whoever is elected/selected as the party’s candidate in a by-election less than two years to a general election shall be maintained as the party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency in the ensuing general election except where the candidate decides otherwise.

Nominations shall open on Monday, January 20, 2020, and close on Thursday, February 20, 2020

However, Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) will enjoy a rebate of 50% on the filing fees and Development Levy. By this, they will be required to pay a nonrefundable fee of Twenty-seven Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 27,000)

All payments shall be made by Banker’s Draft to the account of the New Patriotic Party Headquarters.

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