Let's ask Rawlings to choose our flagbearer if democracy is expensive – Asiedu Nketia

NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said the ¢420,000 the party is charging flagbearer aspirants is part of the cost of democracy.

He said the fee is one of the ways of raising funds to pay for the presidential primaries in January 2019 which is expected to cost ¢8m.

Breaking down the cost, he said on Joy News analysis program The Pulse Friday, the party is paying for the transportation of delegates to all 275 constituency centers as well as food. Both cost items are about ¢4m.

The printing of ballot papers with all the candidates which could reach 10 is also to be borne by the party as well as paying the Electoral Commission to supervise the most participatory presidential primaries ever in Ghana’s history, he said.

Complaints have been echoed by two presidential aspirants – Prof. Joshua Alabi whose spokesperson Richard Quarshigah has said the filing and nomination fees are “mind-boggling”.

Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has also said a social democratic party cannot be seen to be charging an arm and a leg from presidential hopefuls.