Go & play ‘ampe’ if you cannot pay GHc100,000 as filing fee-Expert
A political communications expert Baffour Awuah has opined that politicians and candidates who cannot raise GHc100,000 for the filing fee in the December 7 2020, polls, have no business contesting.
According to him, if a candidate is contesting the polls cannot get 100,000 Ghanaians to give them GHc1 each for them to contest, then they are not serious.
Speaking on Nyankonton Mu N sem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he added that any serious candidate contesting the presidential race should be able to raise the amount and file.
He asked the candidates who have complained of the amount to withdraw from the race and get a new job and do.
The amount he stressed is not outrageous as suggested by some persons and anyone who believes cannot afford should back off.
Baffour Awuah said contesting the seat of presidency is no joke and anyone with that interest must be prepared to cough out any amount charged by the Electoral Commission.
”If you want to be president, you have people believe in your dreams and aspirations. If you cannot get 100,000 Ghanaians to support you with just GHc1 then you are a joker. What you need to seek support from your supporters. If you are unable to do this, then you should go and play ‘ampe’.
Meanwhile, he has slammed the EC for failing to consult with the political parties before increasing the figure.
He said the reactions from the political parties have shown that there was no engagement done before the amo9unt was decided.
”As the EC, you are working for the nation, the political parties are also working for the nation hence you should have consulted them. Such a decision should not have taken the parties by surprise. You should have consulted them and explained to them the rationale behind the increment.”