The Electoral Commission of Ghana increases the filing fee for presidential candidates by 500%

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has increased filing fees for Presidential aspirants in the 2016 election. The amount has been increased by five folds, a move that has angered some political parties.

At an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting Thursday, the EC revealed that presidential candidates of the various political parties would be required to pay GH¢50,000.

Filing fee for parliamentary candidates has been pegged at GH¢10,000.

Nomination fee for parliamentary candidates during the 2012 election was Gh¢1,000, hence the new charges represent an increase of 1,000 percent. Presidential candidates paid 10,000 the same year.

Although the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) seem unperturbed by the new fees, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) have vehemently opposed the new charges, desciring them as exorbitant.

The PPP say the new filing fees constitute a deliberate attempt by the two main political parties, the NDC and NPP, backed by the EC, to block smaller parties from taking part in the electioneering process.

The EC has set September 13 for both presidential and parliamentary candidates to pick nomination forms its offices. All candidates must submit the nominations on September 29 and 30, 2016.

Source: Ghana | | George Nyavor |