I can’t raise ‘killer’ GHS420K fee – Sylvester Mensah

A flag bearer-aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sylvester Mensah, has said he cannot raise the GHS420,000 nomination and filing fee put out by the party’s Council of Elders.

After the NDC announced the filing fees for January 19, 2019, presidential primary, there has been mixed reactions, especially from some of the aspirants.

Those backing the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) are largely followers of Mr Mahama who is touring the country currently.

Some appointees of his government of 2012–2016 have come together to raise funds for his nomination and filing fees.

But when the host of Asempa FM’s Ekosiisen asked if Mr Mensah could raise the amount, he said: “No. I can’t raise that money; it’s not possible to raise that money as a public officer and the number of years I have worked, I wouldn’t be able to raise that amount of money”.

The former CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) said the fee is unreasonable and unethical.

“It is not proper”, he said, describing the GHS420,000 filing and nomination fee as “unreasonable, unfair and unethical.

It creates the impression of corrupt people”, he said.

“The issue is this: that if you are going for primaries, it is not the responsibility of those who would lead the party, it is not their responsibility to fund the primaries, that’s the fundamental error in that price,” he noted.



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