Election 2016 EC mulls reviewing filing fees following outcry

The decision over the fees came to light after the Inter-Party Advisory Commission (IPAC) meeting held on Thursday September 8.

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Following outcry by some political parties over the filing fees for presidential and parliamentary candidates, the Electoral Commission says it may review the figures.

The EC is charging GHC50, 000 as nomination fee for persons seeking to run for president and GHC10, 000 for parliamentary aspirants.

The decision over the fees came to light after the Inter-Party Advisory Commission (IPAC) meeting held on Thursday September 8.

"The commission will look into the concerns and if there is a need for it to be reviewed, the commission will do that but if we look at it and think that it should be maintained, it will be communicated to the political parties,” Deputy Head of Communications for the EC Alhassan Yusif Ayuba said on Class FM.

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The Progressive People's Party has described the filing fee as 'unacceptable' which could hinder the participation of poor candidates.

“In principle you don’t have to make democracy expensive because people will resort to other means to express their frustration and anger,” he told Pulse.com.gh. “We are making the process very expensive."

The New Patriotic Party has also decried the fees, saying it is too high.

The party's Campaign Manager, Peter Mac Manu said: "For me, it’s a lot of money. We did question it but it is the decision of the EC that they also don’t want the proliferation of non-existent parties and individuals who come and worry them with their processes."

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