A presidential candidate needs $100m to win an election in Ghana – CDD

The Center for Democratic Development (CDD), in a latest research, has disclosed that a candidate needs about $100m to win a presidential election.

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According to the CDD, this sum covers the flagbearer nomination elections to the general elections.

The report also said parliamentary candidates have to cough up nearly ¢4 million to win a constituency seat.

In an interview to shed more light on the research, a CDD-Ghana representative said: “And the cost of running for president, the study estimated that the most viable sum of money that a person who needed to run for president was $100 million…this is why we need to engage in conversations more to reform the state of monetisation of Ghana’s politics”.

“In the current estimate per this statement, running for Parliament was ¢4 million, out of this amount two million is dedicated towards nurturing constituencies and the other two million is after the securing of the candidature position,” the report further revealed.

A representative at the Centre, Saajida Shiraz made these details public at an engagement between some political parties and the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.

According to her, stakeholders need to reassess the terrain and come up with measures to address the problem.

This, she believes, will strengthen democracy and ensure that competent personnel man the country’s resources.

Experts, following the just-ended elections, have raised concern over election financing and its propensity to affect the playing field as far as campaigning is concerned.

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