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"I am visually impaired" - Spio-Gabrah claims on the back of NDC GHȼ400,000 filing fee

By Mutala Yakubu
"I am visually impaired" - Spio-Gabrah claims on the back of NDC GHȼ400,000 filing fee

National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer hopeful, Dr Ekow Spio-Gabrah's claims that he will file as a disabled candidate as he bids to lead the party ahead of the 2020 general elections.

This comes on the back of the party announcing its filing fee as GHȼ400,000 for presidential aspirant.

They, however, are charging Persons With Disability (PWD) GHȼ150,000.

The GHȼ400,000 filing fee has generated a lot of debate as many including the aspirants see as outrageous.

Reacting to the fee Dr Ekow Spio-Gabrah said he will file as a disabled.

Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah was of the view that going by the Disability Act, “many of us are disabled but are not aware. Everybody is disabled in one way or form”.

He added that “speaking for myself, I am visually impaired and totally fall into that category”.

The whole approval of the guidelines was misguided, he said and pointed out that the NDC, as a social democratic party, was expected to ensure fairness for all.

The NDC, in coming out with a filing fee for its flag bearer aspirants, he said, ought to have taken into consideration how many of the aspirants would be able to prove that they had that kind of money.

“We knew how much, until recently, ministers of state and MPs were receiving by way of remuneration. After filing, I would expect all aspirants to show their tax returns as proof of legitimacy,” he pointed out.

He indicated that he had advertised publicly in the Daily Graphic and another newspaper for support from all and sundry for his campaign.

He was of the view that the NDC ought to think about what the Ghanaian electorate would think of the party and inform them whether to vote for the NDC or not.

“We must not behave as if we live in isolation. We do not even know what went into this. It is out of line for a social democratic party,” he said, and asked how much the other political parties charged in previous congresses, conferences and primaries, he spoke in an interview with Daily Graphic

The National Democratic Congress, NDC is set to elect their flagbearer ahead of the 2020 general elections on January 19, 2019.

Read also: NDC presidential election set for Jan.19, filing fee is GHc400,000

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