New nomination fees for presidential candidates

New nomination fees for presidential candidates

Candidates of the various political parties are expected to pay just about GHC 50,000 for the presidential race and aspiring MPs GHC 10,000 to be able to file their nominations for the upcoming December 2016 elections.

The information was released at the Inter-Party Advisory commission (IPAC) meeting held yesterday in Accra.

In addition, the electoral commission also quoted GHC 10,000 as the filing fee. The nomination period will be opened from Tuesday, September 13 to September 29. The new fees for filing nominations are a 500% increase from the GHC 10,000 the 2012 presidential candidates paid. The parliamentary aspirant nomination fees have also increased exponentially at GHC 10,000 as aginst the GHC 1,000 they paid in the last elections. This increase is a record 1000% in nomination fees.

New nomination fees for presidential candidates

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However, the  amounts quoted did not go down well with other presidential aspirants. The leader of the Democratic People's Party Thomas Ward and the United Front Party objected to the amount describing it as astronomical. The representatives of the Great Consolidated Popular Party apparently stormed out of the meeting, expressing their displeasure at the amounts quoted.

The Electoral Commission, however, has apparently issued a statement that it may reconsider the nomination fees given the reactions after yesterday's meeting.

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