The parliamentary candidates of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the Sissala West constituency of the Upper West region, have pulled out of December’s general elections.
In a statement signed by Mohammed Abdulah, the constituency Secretary, the party said ” the decision is as a result of certain decisions taken by the Electoral Commission, relating to this year’s elections which are rather repressive and at short notice”.
The party stated that the “astronomical increment of filling fees from GHC 1,000 in the last election to GHC 10,000 and the requirement to pay same on or before 12:00 noon on October 10″ were the reasons for their withdrawal from their race.
They also expressed their frustration over the EC’s directive to all parliamentary aspirants to declare their assets, saying “it requires legal service which adds to our cost”.
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) had filed a suit against the EC seeking an injunction on the collection of the filing fees which was dismissed.
The Parliamentary candidates’ withdrawal comes a day after the EC disqualified some presidential aspirants from contesting the polls , including the party’s presidential candidate Edward Mahama
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana