Dr. Henry Herbert Lartey the flagbearer of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GPCC), says the party is ready to pay Electoral Commission’s filing fee.
The EC last week announced that presidential aspirants are to pay GHS100,000 as filing fee for his year’s general elections.
Dr. Henry Lartey who was acclaimed as the flagbearer of the GCPP over the weekend says the EC has been generous with the amount been charged and all parties must stick with it .
This comes after some parties hit out at the EC for increasing the figure.
Speaking to the media Mr Lartey said all political parties must abide by the EC’s derictive with regards to the filing fee and his party are ready to pay the sum.
“If the EC comes up with a policy we have to abide by it. If they say we should pay GHS100,000 [as filing fee], we will pay it. They have been generous to a point when it comes to parliamentarians. Was it not GHS10,000 filing fee they charged the last time, and they have not increased that fee? So, if they say we should pay GHS100,000 we will pay it.”
Dr Lartey also announced that the GCPP will capitalise on its domestication policy to win votes in the upcoming polls.
“Our message has to go straight to the grassroots, so strong, so that we can get as much as we feel we should get because the philosophy of the late Dan Lartey is what is going to save Ghana. So, once it gets to those at the grassroots, and they think through it, they will vote for us,”.
Speaking to the media last week, Electoral Commission Chairperson, Madam Jean Mensa said “the Presidential Candidate will be required to deposit an amount of Ghc 100,000 in a form of a Bankers draft to the Commission, Parliamentary Candidates will be required to deposit Ghc 10,000 in a form of a Bankers draft as well. We wish all candidates for both presidential and parliamentary elections well, we trust that the nomination process will be efficient, seemless and orderly . . .”
But some political parties have objected to the amount.
The parties argue that the fee for the Presidential aspirants is unreasonably expensive and so called on the EC to reduce it.