Elections 2016 EC's presidential filing fee too low- Ayariga's APC

The Electoral Commission increased the filing fees for presidential candidates from GHC10,000 to GHC50,000 for the December, 2016 elections. This was after a meeting with all political parties. Parliamentary filing fees were also increased from GHC1000 to GHC10,000.

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APC flagbearer, Alhasan Ayariga

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Flagbearer and founder of the All People’s Congress, Hassan Ayariga has welcomed the EC’s 500% filing fee, describing it as too small.

The Electoral Commission increased the filing fees for presidential candidates from GHC10,000 to GHC50,000 for the December, 2016 elections. This was after a meeting with all political parties. Parliamentary filing fees were also increased from GHC1000 to GHC10,000.

The move drew fierce opposition from the New  Patriotic Party, while the ruling National Democratic Congress supported it.
Also reacting to the decision, the All Peoples Party in a statement released and signed by the General Secretary Razak Opoku said the EC should have charged even higher than GHC50,000.

“The All People's Congress(APC) led by Dr. Hassan Ayariga gladly accepts to pay the GHS 50,000 Filing Fee for our Presidential Candidate to contest the 7th December 2016 general election.

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“The Electoral Commission has done well with such decision but we honestly think that the Presidential Filing Fee should have been GHS 120, 000 because to become the First gentleman of the Land there must be a relatively High standard to comply with.

The Party equally believe that our competent Parliamentary Candidates who are in better position to easily win the Parliamentary Seats for the Party shall be able to raise the GHS 10, 000 to file successfully with the Electoral Commission,” the statement said.

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