EC’s filing fee as it appears might be reviewed by the commission, as it has suspended reception of the fees from political aspirants.
It turns out the Electoral Commission won’t be receiving filing fees from Presidential and Parliamentary aspirants of contending political parties. The Electoral Commission (EC) refused to accept the filing fee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, when he submitted his forms yesterday, [Thursday].
The Commission also did not charge filing fees for President Mahama, when the Vice President Amissah-Arthur submitted the nomination forms on his behalf.
This follows a court injunction secured by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) over the hike in the filing fees. The EC opened nominations earlier in September and pegged the filing fees for presidential hopefuls at GHc 50,000 and that of parliamentary nominees at GHc 10,000.
There had been an outcry among political parties over the filing fees which were described as too high. Following the agitations, the PPP filed a suit at the High Court on September 19, seeking an interlocutory injunction to prevent the EC from receiving the nominations.
For that reason, the EC has not received filing fees from any political aspirant. The commission has also said the situation is temporary, leaving stakeholders wondering, concerning the commission’s next possible move.
Yesterday, in what seemed like another controversial development, the EC had come up with a demand to political aspirants, to declare their assets before the deadline for submission of nomination forms; which is today September 30, or risk being disqualified from contesting.
Again, eyebrows were raised among political parties who deemed it unconstitutional. The NPP greatly frowned on the EC’s declaration, saying the criteria was only binding persons already holding public office, and not those seeking to be in office. Though the party was not happy with the declaration as well as the timing, it said its candidate will declare his assets.
However, as at yesterday, only the Flagbearer of the PPP, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has come out publicly to confirm the declaration of his assets to the Auditor-General.