Whiles some minor political parties in Ghana have described the decision by the Electoral Commission to peg the filing fee of Presidential candidates at GHC100,000 as unreasonable, a Political Science Lecturer with the University of Ghana has described it as something meager.
Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah said, the decision would help reduce the number of persons whose faces will appear on the ballot on the voting day.
He noted that, the ability to raise money is also part of the responsibility of a President and so anyone seeking to lead this country as President should be able to raise the filing fee with ease.
According to Dr. Owusu Mensah, the EC’s announcement has come quite earlier that it will give enough room for the candidates to mobilize their resources.
The Electoral Commission in a press briefing earlier on Monday stated that presidential candidates for this year’s elections are required to pay GH¢100,000 as filing fees to enable them to qualify to take part in the elections. Parliamentary candidates are also required to pay GH¢ 10000 which saw no increment.
The EC Chair Madam Jean Mensa also announced that filing of nomination forms begin on Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 9.
The nomination forms would be available on the EC’s website from 6:00 pm Monday while candidate access the form with a unique password, the EC added.
”NPP and NDC spend close to $50m in every election so paying GHC 100,000 as Presidential filing fee would not in anyway breed corruption as people suggest.”
”If the Presidential candidates would be truthful to you, they spend at least GHC100,000 when they move from Accra to tour for instance the Northern regions.”
”If the parties are able to raise money to mount huge and expensive campaign billboards, why can’t they afford to pay for the little filing fee”, he told Akua Nyarko Abronoma, host of Dinpa Anopa Bosuo on Tuesday.
Below is the voice of Dr. Owusu Mensah
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