Election 2016 EC to refund filing fees to disqualified aspirants

Communications Director of the Commission, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu, who confirmed this to Pulse.com.gh, said the move is backed by law

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The Electoral Commission has confirmed that the 13 disqualified presidential aspirants in the 2016 elections will have their GHS 50,000 filing fees refunded to them.

Communications Director of the Commission, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu, who confirmed this to Pulse.com.gh, said the move is backed by law, adding that once their nominations have not been accepted, “definitely you must give their monies back to them.”

He, however, did not specify when the EC would do the reimbursements.

The EC on Monday announced the disqualification of 12 candidates including The Peoples National Convention’s (PNC) Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama, the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP)’s Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum, the All Peoples Congress, Hassan Ayariga, and the National Democratic Party (NDP)’s Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings for failing to meet the criteria for filing as president. 

Many of the affected candidates, including the National Democratic Party and the All People’s Congress, have threatened to sue the EC over the move.

Some political parties earlier criticized the Electoral Commission (EC) for charging exorbitant filing fees for presidential and parliamentary aspirants willing to contest the elections.

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) subsequently went to court to prohibit the electoral body from collecting the fees.

Read more: Why EC disqualified PPP's Nduom

But an Accra High Court ruled in favour of the EC and asked it to collect the filing fees.

READ ALSO: 12 aspirants disqualified but Twitter says Charlotte Osei is the real winner

Meanwhile, the disqualified flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has requested that he be given just five minutes with the Electoral Commission (EC) to iron out "administrative" and "clerical" errors over which his nomination was rejected.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Dr Nduom said he is expecting a response to his request from the EC by Thursday or else he might be forced to seek legal redress.

Mr Dzakpasu said the Commission is yet to give an official response to the call by the PPP flag bearer.

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