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Mr. Kweku Quansah, aspiring to the National Chairman position, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that, the nomination fees were outrageously high for a socialist democratic party.
He cautioned that it could prevent many otherwise capable CPP members from contesting for elective positions.
Mr. Quansah, who was the party’s 2016 Parliamentary Candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon, said “this is unacceptable and we must all kick against it.
“Most of the aspirants oppose these whopping fees on the grounds that it defeats CPP’s central committee as a socialist democratic party.”
He said leadership positions in the party should not be up for the highest bidder – that was inconsistent with what Nkrumaists stood for.
“Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s mission was to empower those marginalised by the elitist ideology and philosophy; create room for the ordinary Ghanaian to play active roles in political leadership in ways that strengthen productivity and solidarity, we as a party must not lose sight of our fundamental principles.”
The CPP has fixed a filing fee of GHC170,000.00 for Presidential aspirants with that of the National Chairman position going for GHC70,000.00.
National Vice- Chairperson, Treasurer, and General Secretary Aspirants pay GHC50, 000.00, while the filing fee for the National Organizer is pegged at GHC30, 000.00; with that of Women Organizer, GHC20, 000.00 and Youth Organizer GHC20, 000.00.
They would also have to pay GHC2,000.00 for nomination forms.
Mr. Quansah called for a downward review of the fees to p4rovide space for more people to enter the race for various positions in the party.
He cited the case of Mr. Ebenezer Agbenya, a teacher, who has picked forms to contest for the General Secretary position; and has taken to social media –Facebook, to raise funds because of the high filing fees.
Professor Kwaku Asare a seasoned lawyer and accountant, has also spoken against what he cast as the unreasonable high filing fees.
Hajia Hamdatu Ibrahim Haruna, the Acting National Chairperson, is, however, defending the fees, saying, it would help to mobilise funds to finance the party’s activities.
She added that the amount involved showed how serious and important these positions were to the Party.
The CPP Central Committee has fixed Friday, March 27 and Saturday 28 as the tentative dates for the party’s National Delegate Congress at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The party opened its nominations on February 6th and this is expected to end on Friday, February 28th.