As Nana Addo and Mahama pick nomination forms from the Electoral Commission ahead of this year’s elections, some other political parties’ nominees have also done the same in preparation for the D-day.
A nomination form enables any selected candidate of a given political party, to contest in an election. Simply put; any political party nominee will not be able to contest in the 2016 elections, if he has not been clarified by the Electoral Commission (EC) – by receiving a nomination form from the commission.
Some political parties have begun picking up their nomination forms from the EC ahead of the 2016 elections in December. President Mahama yesterday, picked up nomination forms from the EC to enable him vie for a second tenure come December 7. The Deputy General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho picked the forms on behalf of the President.
Also, the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s acting General Secretary, John Boadu has picked nomination forms at the EC’s headquarters, for the elections, on behalf of the party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo. As Nana Addo and Mahama pick nomination forms, four other political contenders have also picked theirs at the commission.
They are; Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People’s party (IPP), Madam Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Akwasi Addai Odike of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Nana Agyenim- Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP).
There have been an outcry among political parties over the EC’s Presidential and Parliamentary filing fees, which are GHc50, 000 and GHc10, 000 respectively. Describing the fees as too high, some political parties have demanded a review of the fees, as the high fees will only limit the entire process to a privileged few.
Having received several complaints and bashing from stakeholders, the EC has agreed to meet to deliberate on the way forward. The Head of Communications at the EC, Eric Dzakpasu, has stated that the Commission will meet to consider whether or not to review the amount.