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Posted on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 21:43

Ghana’s largest opposition party launches electronic payment to raise funds

By Lawrence Quartey

Ghana’s main opposition political party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has launched an electronic payment system and computerised membership identification cards in a fundraising drive as it prepares for the December 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections. 



photo/reutersThe system will allow party members to pay membership fees using mobile phone services.

Contributors will have to text “NPP” to various mobile short codes in the country.

Each text costs one Ghana cedi (US$0.6667) and contributors can text as many as they want.

The idea is to give party members and sympathisers an opportunity to contribute to the party’s fund raising efforts in a more easy, convenient and transparent way.

“We would harness technology to make this possible,” Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, chairman of the NPP, said at the launch recently in Accra, Ghana.

He said the party was exploring the possibility of enabling all card-bearing members to partake in the choice of presidential candidates through technology.

Similar launches will take place in the regions of the Ghana to get the desired impact of the system.

Curtis Perry Okudzeto, NPP deputy director of communications, said the system would allow the party to also create a data base of members and their financial contributions.



Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:38

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