In the wake of the controversies surrounding the GHc 420,000 nomination and filing fees of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Flagbearer hopefuls, the Council of Elders of the party has stepped in, proposing that the National Executive Committee (NEC) reduces the fees by Ghc100, 000.
The Council also proposed an extension of the period for picking nomination forms which ended in just two days to Saturday, 8th December.
It has also proposed that the primaries be held on January 26, instead of the initial date of January 19, 2019.
The Council however maintained the cost of nomination forms at Ghc20, 000.
This comes after nine of the aggrieved aspirants petitioned the Council chaired by party Founder, Jerry John Rawlings, over the fee which they deemed as unreasonable.
NewsDay gathered that the decisions were taken at a Council of Elders meeting which sat to deliberate on a petition by some nine presidential aspirants who had complained about the high cost of filing fees.
The proposal would now be decided on by the National Executive Council (NEC) for approval or rejection.
The NDC officially closed nominations on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, had indicated that the party would not extend the date for picking of nomination forms despite the protests.
This left five of the ten aspirants on the outside looking in as they did not pick their forms in protest of the fees for filing and nomination forms.
The five were Ekow Spio Garbrah, Nurideen Iddrissu, Goosie Tanoh, Kojo Bonsu and Elikplim Agbemava.
Aside from former President John Mahama, all the other flagbearer aspirants petitioned the party’s Council of Elders to address their grievances.