Will corruption in Ghana end anytime soon? Is Ghana fighting corruption or nurturing corruption? Corruption is a social canker which the country is proud of and is not committed to curb it. How and why a form and filing fee for presidential aspirant should be GH¢ 420,000? This is not funny at all and something must be done about it. Is the Electoral Commission (EC) selling Ghana to political parties? What criteria is used in order for someone to qualify as a presidential candidate.
I believe the step the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken will breed corruption but not to fight it. What work at all is the person doing to purchase just a form and filing fee for GH¢ 420,000, it is very outrageous.
Expensive Filling Fee
NDC increased their filing fee from GH¢50,000 in 2016 when the NDC was in power as filing fee, the figure has shot up GH¢400,000 — excluding the GH¢20,000 that the aspirants would have pay to pick up the form at the party’s headquarters. Does the NDC need so much money to organise their elections?
Not to talk of how the candidate will organise its campaign among other things in order to win the election. Even if the person is so much rich, we should not encourage such practises in the country because, presidency is not a profit making venture where you expect the person to reap all the cost during election when the person comes to office. What if the person does not win? The person comes to square zero where sometimes they have to sell their family properties to making life better again. When the person wins, we put the person in a position where he has to find a way of reaping all the money used for election. Obviously, we know the person has to steal from the state coffers before he can reap such amount. Someone may argue that, friends and families will help him pay. Yes! You are right, after people helping him to run all the hurdle, the person has to pay back when he comes of office as a President. This is where we see a bunch of incompetent people holding ministerial positions all because, they supported the President financially during elections. It will also increase nepotism, favouritism and bribery in our public institutions. We should not run the country on the basis of family and friends, rather getting the right leaders or people in charge to steer the affairs of the country.
Fair Playing Ground
We should not encourage this, I feel the EC is selling the country to political parties. EC should set the rules for political parties. Rules such as amount to purchase for a form, these should be set by the EC so that all political parties will all be on fair grounds. EC should bring set a criteria to determine who qualifies for presidency as well as ministers. With this, we can get more experienced and competent leaders to rule our country in a better way. Our country is suffering because of the leaders managing the country. We should not make it look like when you rich, you have a great influence to be a president. We need transformational leaders’ not just politicians. We should let them understand that, leadership is all about sacrifice. Therefore when political parties are taking huge monies from the Aspirants, how then do we expect them to sacrifice for the country and work to better the country. They will rather, work to get back their monies. We should not make organising elections so expensive where political parties and individual would have to find ways to getting so much money to organise elections. Are party members not paying dues? Why do we put so much pressure on presidential candidates or aspirants? If we make it forms and filling fee, it does not give equal opportunities to those are also competent but do not have much money.
We should not allow politicians, political parties to run the country the way they want rather there should be a set of regulations they could all follow for a fair playing ground which could better the country. We should not give EC the primary role of organising and supervising election, but ensure we get the right leaders to rule the country. We must change our systems to better our country.
Editor: Mr. Louis Owusu