Three women to contest Prez race if cleared by EC
Three women are likely to be on the presidential ballot paper for the 2020 presidential election should they be cleared by the Electoral Commission (EC).
There are, the presidential candidate of the Progressive people’s party, Madam Brigitte Dzogbenuku, presidential candidate of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and Madam Akua Donkor, the presidential candidate of the United Freedom Party (UFP).
The flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Ms Brigitte Dzogbenuku, filed her nomination on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
She then suggested to the Electoral Commission to review downward, the GHC100,000 filing fee which all presidential aspirants are expected to pay.
“We want a lot more women”, she said, adding: “We do know that the fees are one of the ways a lot of people, not only women, are discouraged from participating”.
“I mean the fees are exorbitant, they are high and, especially for women who don’t have as much earning power but still are capable of being in leadership positions by virtue of the fact that we make up 51 per cent of this country and, indeed, are contributors to this economy, they should be part of the decision-making process, they still are cut out by some of these fees”.
“The fees themselves restrict them from participating in the electoral process and the democratic process of this country. So, a reduction in it will be a way of encouraging more women to enter the race”, the former beauty queen said.
Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and Madam Akua Donkor both filed their nominations yesterday [Thursday] October 8, 2020.
The flagbearer of the NDP described her ability to file the form as “elating”.
“We’re very happy that finally, we got everything together, we’ve presented it to the Electoral Commission”, she told journalists.
Asked if she was sure to perform better than 2016, Mrs Agyeman-Rawlings asked the journalist: “Were you here last four years? If you were, then you know the work the EC did to stop some of the parties from even entering this place, so, if you were here, then I don’t think you should have asked that question because we had two weeks,14 days, to do everything and start campaigning, so, that should tell you why it happened that way”.
Madam Donkor on her part said she would not be disqualified this year because she has met all the requirements outlined by the EC.
She was sure of victory as Ghanaians were fed up with the NDC and NPP.