GHc10,000 filing fee an artificial barrier to prevent people from contesting-MP
The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central Inusah Fuseini has opined that the GHc100,000 charged by the Electoral Commission (EC) will serve as a barrier to prevent qualified persons from contesting the presidential election.
The legislator and lawyer was of the view that the EC should not monitize our democracy by charging excessively in conducting the polls.s
Mr. Fuseini said we should not use artificial barriers to prevent people from contesting adding, ”the GHc100,000 is excessive. It is excessive because we are practising democracy. The EC should not charge in a manner that will prevent people from participating in the elections.”
He said every qualified Ghanaian and wants to contribute to the development of the nation must not be prevented from contesting in elections through money charged for the polls.
”When you use money as a condition precedent for participation, you will prevent several people from putting themselves up to contest,” he added.
Since Ghana’s 4th republic, we have not charged such an excessive amount, he lamented.
The Electoral Commission has set Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 9, 2020 as the dates of filing of presidential and parliamentary nominations for the December 7 general elections.
Addressing the media at its let the citizen know press series, chairperson of the electoral commission Jean Mensah also announced a nomination fee of GH 100,000 for presidential candidates and GHC 10, 000 for parliamentary candidates.
A Deputy Director of the EC in charge of Corporate Services, Dr Bossman Asare, these fees were determined in consideration of economic factors to allow people of diverse economic background to participate in the democratic exercise.