The Founder, Leader and Flagbearer of the All Peoples Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga and the leadership of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) and an Independent Presidential Aspirant have overruled the justification by the Electoral Commission for the astronomical increase in the filing fee for the presidency in the upcoming general elections in December 2020.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana led by Mrs. Jane Mensah has announced that the Presidential aspirants who are interested in contesting for the Presidency to be prepared to cough up GHC 100,000 as filing fees for their candidature. A hundred percent increase from the 2016 filing fee of GHC 50,000.
The filing fee for the Parliamentary aspirants has been maintained at GHC 10,000 just as the 2016 figure.
Justifying the Electoral Commission’s decision for the astronomical increase, a Deputy Commissioner of the EC, Dr. Bossman Asare, indicated that the figure has been increased to make up for the depreciation in the value of the Ghanaian currency since the last elections in 2016.
According to him, maintaining the GHC 50,000 filing fee for the previous elections for the 2020 elections would have meant that the Commission had depreciated the value of the fees.
However, responding to the justification by the Deputy EC Commissioner on Citi Fm’s Eye Witness News on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the Flagbearer of APC, Hassan Ayariga, fumed at the idea of the astronomical increase by the country’s electoral body.
He said, “I overrule that justification because it doesn’t add up. If Dr. Bossman says the fees are justified because of the depreciation of the value of the Cedi, then the Government should be ready to increase the salary of workers by 100 percent.”
The Flagbearer of the Coalition of Independent Presidential Aspirants, Mr. Kofi Koranteng, on his part, described the increase as ridiculous.
He said, “It is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen in any society which wants to advance the course of democracy. It is unbelievable.”
Earlier on the programme, the Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, rubbished the depreciated currency rationale offered by the Electoral Commission.
According to him, the Electoral Commission is not a profit making venture and therefore questioned the reason why the Commission would be citing the time value of money as the reason for this astronomical increase in the filing fee.
Source: Clement Akoloh||Africanewsradio.com