The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has served notice it will have a flagbearer for the 2020 general elections by August 31.
According to Director of Communications at the PPP, Paa Kow Ackon, the preparations for the election delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but nominations have been opened for party members interested in leading the party to contest.
“We all know the pain Covid-19 has brought to all political parties, we are not an exception, and so we’re doing all the preparation online campaign, People who are interested in becoming flag bearers need to pick forms.
“We opened nominations of the 20th of July and so far four people have picked forms and hopefully by 21st we should bring everything to an end and by 31st of August we should have a flagbearer going into the 2020 elections,” he said in an interview with ABC News.
This comes hours after the 2016 flagbearer of the Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom told Daily Graphic he will not contest in the December polls as flagbearer.
Mr Ackon told ABC News so far, about 4 persons have filed to contest for the flagbearership position which he believes indicates that the PPP isn’t short of ‘capable’ people to lead the party.
Giving details of the Party’s plans for the election, Mr Ackon disclosed that the Party has reduced cost of picking nomination forms by 50% and it’s now GHS 5,000 instead of the previous 10,000 to allow for more people to contest.
Likewise, Mr Ackon said the filing fee has also “been reduced from the previous fee of 30,000 to 20,000 so picking and filing cost 25,000.”
Explaining further the need for the reduction, the Party’s Communications Director said “we all know the challenge we have, government has succeeded in collapsing businesses, prior to covid-19 we all saw what happened, collapsing of radio stations, how government collapsed financial institutions and then Covid too has added salt to injury so we think we are not in a perfect time where we can charge normal fees so everyone can participate.”