The National Democratic Congress, (NDC), has launched an electronic payment system to improve the payment of dues and ensure transparency in the finances of the party.
Addressing the press at the launch in Accra, on Monday, July 15, the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Aseidu Nketiah said the system will help improve payment of dues and ensure that every member of the party get the opportunity of paying their dues and also ensure the utilisation of these dues for its intended purposes.
Adding that the e-payment system will also ensure transparency.
“You cannot be in this party without contributing your quota, No member can give an give an excuse as to why he or she has failed to do that” He added.
He noted that the new payment platform will also help reduce internal conflict that sometimes occurs as a result of the payment of dues and other financial obligations of members .
“It will help the party to know a member in good standing which hitherto was sometimes a problem.”
He further said: “It will also bring about transparency among the leadership and members of the party in the manner in which money provided to the party is received and used by the party”.
He indicated that the electronic payment system will also help the party plan for the next elections particularly ‘in recent times where the cost of seeking political office is becoming too high.
The chairman of the party, Ofosu Ampofo on his part said even though the new payment system is reliable it could still have some shortfalls which will be dealt with by IT experts in the event of any challenges
“It is an avenue to empower members of the party. When you contribute towards the development of the party you become part and parcel of the party, a share holder and own the party.”.he noted.
The chairman said the e-payment platform will also help reduce the burden of people who have been the sole financiers of the party over the years.
The party will embark on a training programme for the executives regional, constituency and branch level.
By: Stephen Kojo Tetteh