#PulseElections Political parties call for filing fees extension

The commission has instructed all political parties to submit their filing fees on Monday after a interlocutory injunction on the collection of the fees was shot down a High Court on Friday.

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play But the flagbearer of the Democratic People's Party, Thomas N. Ward-Brew, said the notice for the submission of the fees is too short.
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Some political parties have called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to extend submission date of filing fees.

The commission has instructed all political parties to submit their filing fees on Monday after a interlocutory injunction on the collection of the fees was shot down by a High Court on Friday.

The EC said the filing fees is an essential requirement for qualification to be accepted as a Candidate for the 2016 elections, as provided for by Regulation 8 (1) (b) of the Public Elections Regulations, 2016 C.I. 94.

But the flagbearer of the Democratic People's Party, Thomas N. Ward-Brew, said the notice for the submission of the fees is too short.

He said the EC's directive is not in conformity with the conventions established over the years for the smooth management of elections in the country.

The National Chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP) professor Edmund Delle called for stakeholders discussion on the filing fee.

He told TV 3 that the the Progressive People's Party's court action would not have been necessary if there were discussion between the EC and the political parties.

--Big parties ready to pay--

The two largest political parties in Ghana have said they are ready to submit their filing fees.

The communications director of the New Patriotic Party said although the party has the means to submit its filing fees, it however sympathise with the smaller political parties.

The deputy general secretary of the National Democratic Congress also said his party is ready to submit the filing fees.

Meanwhile, the PPP is asking its members to help the party raise funds to for the filing fees.

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