Aspiring Parliamentary Candidates (APC) for the upcoming parliamentary Primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party in orphan Constituencies are expected to procure the nomination forms at a cost GHC22,000.00.
According to the party “an Aspiring Parliamentary Candidate (APC) shall procure Nomination Forms after the payment of non-refundable application fee of GHC2,000.00 in Bankers Draft in favour of the New Patriotic Party National Headquarters, Accra.”
Aside the Ghc2000, to successfully file his/her nomination, an APC shall pay a non-refundable filing fee of Twenty Thousand Ghana cedis (GHC20,000.00) in Bankers Draft in favour of the New Patriotic Party National Headquarters, Accra to be able to contest.
This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s General Secretary, John Boadu outlining modalities and guidelines for the party’s upcoming Parliamentary Primaries.
However, for purposes of encouraging more Women, Youth and People with Disabilities (PWD) to aspire to higher political office,” such prospective aspiring parliamentary candidates have been given a rebate of 50% on the filing fees.
The party has stated that no candidate shall be denied the chance to pick the forms. As such, the party has directed prospective aspiring candidate who shall be denied access to purchase the Forms at the Constituency Level to do so either at the Regional Office or at National Secretariat through an appeal. “Should an APC suffer any obstruction in the final filing process at the Constituency Level, he or she may file at the Regional Secretariat or National Secretariat at the office of the General Secretary.” The statement said.
The party has also directed all constituency Secretaries to at the close of nomination, publish list of all applicants who have successfully filed their nominations to contest in the primaries.
Again, the party has also directed all constituencies to constitute ‘Constituency Parliamentary Elections Committee (CPEC) whose membership shall comprise the chairperson of the Constituency Council of Elders as Chair; An elderly woman in the Constituency appointed by the Constituency Executive Committee (CEC); and the Constituency Research and Elections Officer as Secretary to the Committee.
“The duties of the Constituency Parliamentary Elections Committee (CPEC) shall include sale of Nominations Forms, conducting background checks on the suitability and eligibility of aspiring candidates and submitting reports to the National Parliamentary Vetting Committee (NPVC).” The statement said.