December polls: GH¢50,000 filing fee for presidential candidates

December polls: GH¢50,000 filing fee for presidential candidates

The candidates of the various political parties contesting the presidential election in December will have to pay GH¢50,000 before filing their nominations.

Parliamentary candidates in this year’s election will also have to pay GH¢10,000 as filing fee.

This was announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) in a statement following an Inter-Party Advisory Commission (IPAC) meeting yesterday [Thursday] in Accra

The EC has also revealed that it will open nominations for the polls from Tuesday, September 13, 2016, with the parties required to present the completed forms on September 28 and 29.

“The Commission will be accepting nominations from Presidential and Parliamentary candidates on 29th and 30th September, 2016. Presidential candidates are required to pay a filing fee of GHS50,000 while Parliamentary candidates are required to pay GHS10,000.

This represents a huge rise from the GH¢10,000 and GH¢1,000 filing fees paid by the presidential and parliamentary candidates respectively in the last election

However, he amounts might be reduced as the EC added that it will consider calls for a review from the parties.

The Commission added that the political parties will be presented with copies of the certified voters’ register by September 23, 2016.

“Exhibition of the Provisional Voters Register for persons who registered during the CVR, in the prisons, and NHIS registrants will take place on September 9 and 10, 2016 nationwide. Political parties are encouraged to send their agents to observe the exhibition of the voters register at the District Offices of the Commission and the prisons. The Commission would like to urge all registered voters in these categories to visit the District Offices of the EC to confirm their details on the register,” the statement added.

 

By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana

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