A member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Richard Adongo says he suspects the Electoral Commission of Ghana has deliberately pegged the filing fees of the Presidential candidates at GHc 100,000.00 to deter the smaller political parties from contesting the upcoming general elections.
The Electoral Commission on Monday 14th September, 2020 announced the filing fees of the presidential and parliamentary candidates for the 2020 general election. The presidential aspirants fees is GHc100,000, a 100% increase of the 2016 filing fees while the parliamentary aspirants fees was maintained at the GHc 10,000.
But speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East show, a well-known member of the CPP, Richard Adongo, rubbished the increment and stated that increasing the filing fee of the presidential aspirants is a ploy to discourage the smaller parties from contesting in the 2020 general elections.
He said, “100,000, I think is on the high side. Let’s not forget last four years when Charlotte Osei led-EC pegged it at GHc 50, 000, a lot of people complained and I know this political party, the current party, they were in opposition and they said that Charlotte Osei was selling Ghana’s democracy to the highest bidder.
Today, where are they? Are they talking? It shouldn’t be 100% hike, 100% is just too much.
A lot of people are of the opinion that it’s an attempt to weed out smaller parties, but there are other ways of weeding them out. For instance, there is a law that says that you must have physical presence in a certain percentage of Ghana’s territory. You can use that to weed them out.”
However Mr. Adongo said the CPP will file for their presidential candidate despite the exorbitant filing fee announced by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
Source: A1radio.com|101.1MHZ| Samuel Adagom | Ghana.