Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen has advised presidential aspirants who cannot afford the Electoral Commission’s filing fees to withdraw from contesting in the elections.
He said the EC is an autonomous body that decides whatever amount it wishes to charge as filing fee.
“The EC is an autonomous body and the EC thinks that if you will want to pick the form and submit it pay this that is all. My position is that if you can’t raise money to file as a presidential candidate so be it if you can’t raise money to file as a parliamentary candidate so be it get out for those who have the resource to go.”
The Electoral Commission in reaction to several calls for a reduction in the filing fee has justified why the Commission has increased the fee from ¢50,000 in 2016 to ¢100,000.
Deputy Chairman of the EC speaking on the new charge said, “The nomination fees are adjusted every four years… Those of you who know the value of money know that in each particular year, it’s important that you look at the value of ¢50,000 in 2016 and compare to ¢50,000 in 2020. You’ll notice that the commission hasn’t increased it that much.”
The EC on September 14, 2020, held a media briefing on the procedures for the filing of nominations and receipts for the 2020 General Elections.
The Commission indicated that for the first time in the country’s electoral history, presidential and parliamentary aspirants would not physically pick nomination forms from the offices of the EC but would have to download the forms from its website for processing.
The Commission said the move was part of the safety protocols for curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The guidelines for nominations would be available on the EC’s website http://ec.gov.gh/ for political parties and candidates to access.
The EC also announced that presidential aspirants will pay Hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (100,000) in the form of a banker’s draft whiles parliamentary aspirants pay Ten thousand Ghana Cedis (10,000) in the form of a banker’s draft for the nomination form.