The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has put forward a proposal to raise the nomination fee for presidential candidates by a staggering 900% ahead of the upcoming Congress and subsequent elections. If approved, the fee for aspiring GFA presidents would rise from GHC 5,000 to GHC 50,000.
In a statement signed by GFA General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo on June 24th, the association justified the substantial increase by pointing to the rising costs associated with organizing elections, including logistics, transportation, and accommodation.
This proposed change could have financial implications for individuals like former Vice President George Afriyie, Kojo Yankah, and Bernard Amofa Jantuah, who have all declared their intention to challenge incumbent Kurt Okraku as his first term nears its end.
While female aspirants would be required to pay 50% of the fee, other proposed nomination fee hikes include GHC 15,000 for aspirants to the Executive Council and GHC 10,000 for Regional Football Associations (RFA) Chairmen. These amounts represent a substantial increase from the GHC 2,500 fee set four years ago.
Aspirants for positions such as RFA slots for Executive Council, RFA Executive Council, District Chairmen, and District Executive Council may also face increased fees of GHC 5,000, GHC 2,000, GHC 1,000, and GHC 500, respectively.
The fate of this proposal will be determined at the upcoming Congress, scheduled to take place on Monday, July 10, 2023, at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. It remains to be seen whether the GFA’s plan to raise nomination fees will receive acceptance or rejection from the Congress.