Just hours after it launched its campaign for the 2016 elections, it has emerged that the ruling National Democratic Congress budgeted for a whooping Ghc 28m on the events at the central region, a move which has irked the opposition NPP.
The party’s budget for Sunday’s campaign launch, dated July 5, 2016, which was signed by the campaign coordinator and national organizer of the party, Kofi Adams, was categorized into three main parts: the delegation, president/executives, and others and ancillary.
The delegation’s total amount which is GHc11,130,000 put hotel accommodation at GHc750,000; food at GHc2,250,000; per diem GHc2,000,000; TV Coverage went for GHc50,000; whilst other media coverage cost was GHc50,000. The rest are pressmen GHc50,000; venue GHc40,000; and billboards and posters for GHc750,000.
The cost on the president and his executives were as follows: hotel GHc1,000,000; food GHc500,000; per diem GHc2,500,000; vehicles and fueling cost at GHc250,000,000; whilst ancillary which included security, miscellaneous and media placement all totaled GHc4,000,000.
There has been fears that the last quarter spending of Ghana may be influenced by elections.
Economist have warned the government and politicians to be mindful of their spending as Ghana goes to the polls in December.
Contrary to expectations, the NDC went into the campaign launch without a party manifesto, a move explained by party stalwarts as a strategy to outwit its political opponents.
President Mahama leads the NDC once again seeking the mandates of Ghanaians to earn a second and final term in office as President of the republic.
By Abdul Malik/ghanaguardian.com