From now on, the electoral commission will no longer be accepting the GH₵50,000 filing fees until further notice.
EC boss, Charlotte Osei, reveals that the decision was arrived at after the Progressive Peoples' Party (PPP) served her with a court injunction over the high amount.
Charlotte Osei announced the suspension on Thursday when the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo filed his forms at the Commission in Accra to contest the 2016 general elections. Though the party was willing to pay the GH50,000, the chairperson of the EC refrained from accepting the banker’s draft, saying she wanted to respect the decision of the court.
Meanwhile, Nana Addo has picked his nomination forms ahead of the December presidential election.
The GH₵50,000 by the electoral commission has been condemned by various political parties who describe the amount as very expensive.So far, 16 political parties including presidential aspirants and seven independent presidential aspirants are expected to file the nominations Thursday and Friday.
The filing fee will be refunded if candidates garner 25% of valid votes in the case of presidential candidates and 15% for parliamentary candidates.