The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has stated it is considering to review the filing fees for the parliamentary and presidential candidates who would want to contest the upcoming December polls after several outcry by some political parties describing the fees as an overpriced
During an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Thursday, the Electoral Commission declared that parliamentary and presidential candidate ready to contest in this year’s election would have to pay GHS10,000 and GHS50,000 respectively to file their nomination by September 29 as deadline. The new fees set by the EC is a thousand percent increment as compared to previous election year fees.
In an interview with Class FM, Deputy Head of Communications for the EC, Alhassan Yusif Ayuba, said the commission will consider the concerns and review if the need there be “The commission will look into the concerns and if there is a need for it to be reviewed, the commission will do that but if we look at it and think that it should be maintained, it will be communicated to the political parties,” he declared.
However , the All People’s Congress (APC) led by Hassan Ayariga has accepted the fees set by the EC and has gone ahead to ask for upward increment for presidential candidates to GHS120,000 saying demanding to occupy the highest office in Ghana should not be gotten on a silver platter.