Election 2016 Akua Donkor, Odike pay filing fee

Presidential and parliamentary candidates are expected to pay a fee of Gh¢50, 000 and Gh¢10, 000 respectively.

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Presidential nominee of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) Madam Akua Donkor and Akwasi Addai of the United Progressive Party (UPP) have submitted their banker's draft for the payment of their filing fee to the Electoral Commission (EC).

Presidential and parliamentary aspirants who have submitted their nomination forms to the Electoral Commission have a deadline of 12pm on Monday, October 10 to submit their filing fee in the form of banker’s draft.

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The directive comes at the back of a court’s dismissal of a case by the Progressive People's Party (PPP) seeking to stop the EC from charging the fees which it described as "astronomical".

Presidential and parliamentary candidates are expected to pay a fee of Gh¢50, 000 and Gh¢10, 000 respectively.

READ MORE:Election 2016 Over 7000 observers to be deployed on election day

17 presidential candidates have so far filed their nomination in a bid to contest the December 7 polls.

Background:

The Electoral Commission (EC) has asked political parties to submit their filing fees by Monday, October 10.

The directive follows a court ruling against an application for an injunction seeking to restrain the EC from going ahead with the receipt of filing fees from presidential and parliamentary candidates by the Progressive People's Party (PPP).

The substantive matter as to whether the EC can receive the said amount as filing fee was also adjourned to Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

“All nominated candidates for the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections are hereby advised to submit the banker’s draft in respect of their filing fees to the Electoral Commission not later than 12:00 noon on Monday, October 10, 2016,” a statement signed by the EC’s Head of Communications, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu noted.

The statement added: "Presidential nominees are to submit their draft to the Returning Officer at the Head Office of the Commission.

"Parliamentary nominees are to submit their draft to the Returning Officers at the District Offices of the Electoral Commission where their Constituencies are situated.

"Political parties may alternatively pay for their parliamentary nominees at the Head Office of the Commission, but the banker’s draft for such nominees must be accompanied by a list of the party’s candidates on the party’s letterhead and properly signed by authorised party executives."

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