Electoral body not budging on poll fees

Source: Electoral body not budging on poll fees | The Herald September 29, 2016

ACCRA. — Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) has said it would not reduce filing fees for presidential and parliamentary candidates contesting this year’s general election.So far, 16 political parties and nine independent aspirants have picked up nomination forms to contest the election scheduled for December 7, the state-run daily The Ghanaian Times reported on Monday.The EC has asked each presidential candidate to pay a filing fee of about $12 560, and each parliamentary candidate to pay about $2 512. Eric Dzakpasu, EC’s head of communications, told The Ghanaian Times the commission was resolute in its decision to maintain the filing fee.

“There is no indication that the EC would reduce the filing fee. If only one candidate pays the fee, he/she would go unopposed,” he emphasised. The daily indicated that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) had expressed their readiness to pay the fees by the deadline tomorrow.

The director of communications of the NDC, James Asante, told The Ghanaian Times in an interview that the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the party would take a decision onassoon as possible.

“The FEC will take a decision on the filing fees at its meeting today after briefing on the issue by the NDC’s representative at the Inter Party Advisory Committee of the Commission,” he said.

Nana Akomea, the director of communications of the NPP, also asserted the party would pay the filing fees to enable it to contest the election. — Xinhua.

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    Typical Herald story that has no bearing on Zimbabwe at all. What a waste of time and effort. Whoever put this story in the Herald is brainless, clueless and really stupid. That prettywell means ALL at the Herald. Pathetic.

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    Ulreka 6 years ago

    And they expect us to spend our scarce and hard-earned US dollars on this irrelevancy.