Following the dismissal of an injunction suit filed by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), by an Accra High court protesting the payment of filing fees, the Electoral Commission has directed aspirants for this year’s election to furnish its office with their filing fees by Monday, October 10, 2016.
While presidential nominees were expected to pay an amount of GHȼ 50,000, parliamentary candidates were to pay GHȼ10,000 while submitting their nomination forms last week.
However, in order to avoid entangling itself with any possible competent of the court, the EC though accepted the nomination forms from the aspirants; it declined to accept the filing fees.
In a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Communications, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu Friday October 7, stated all nominated candidates for the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections are advised to submit the banker’s draft in respect of their filing fees to the Electoral Commission not later than 12:00 noon on Monday October 10, 2016.
The full statement:
SUBMISSION OF FILING FEES
All nominated candidates for the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections are hereby advised to submit the banker’s draft in respect of their filing fees to the Electoral Commission not later than 12:00 noon on Monday October 10, 2016. The submission should be done as follows:
1. Presidential nominees are to submit their draft to the Returning Officer at the Head Office of the Commission;
2. Parliamentary nominees are to submit their draft to the Returning Officers at the District Offices of the Electoral Commission where their Constituencies are situated.
3. Political parties may alternatively pay for their parliamentary nominees at the Head Office of the Commission; but the banker’s draft for such nominees must be accompanied by a list of the party’s candidates on the party’s letterhead and properly signed by authorized party executives.
All nominees are reminded that this 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.
ERIC KOFI DZAKPASU
Head of Communications