If You Can’t Raise ¢100 Thousand, Get Out - Obiri Boahen Backs EC's Presidential Filing Fees

If You Can’t Raise ¢100 Thousand, Get Out - Obiri Boahen Backs EC's Presidential Filing Fees

 

 

Deputy General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party, Nana Obiri Boahen has welcomed the Electoral Commission EC’s decision to peg the filing fee for presidential aspirants at the ¢100,000. He argued that a party that cannot raise the said amount has no business participating in the upcoming polls. “If you

 

cannot raise ¢100,000 please get out. Those who can mobilise will pay,” he said on radio while expressing his view as a member of the party on Monday, the Deputy Chairman of the EC indicated that the 100% upward adjustment from 2016’s GH¢50,000 fee was necessitated by the change in conditions. But reacting

 

 

to the development, Nana Obribi Boahen said such arguments are “immaterial.” According to him, the EC as an autonomous body must be allowed to discharge its mandate of running a credible election for which reason it was set up. “The EC may perhaps, out of courtesy consult the political parties but there is no law in this

 

 

country which states that at all times the EC must consult all the political parties,” he told Evans Mensah. This comes at a time when some Civil Society Organisations CSOs have raised concerns about the astronomical nature of election financing in the country. Some of them are proposing a cap on political party

 

 

spending in line with best practices. Expressing what he says is his personal opinion, the governing NPP’s deputy chief scribe described such positions are inapplicable in Ghana’s context. “How can we do that?” he quizzed adding that; “these are all ridiculous suggestions. Meanwhile, the fees required to pick a

 

 

form to become a parliamentary candidate remains ¢10,000, according to the EC. Chairperson for the Commission, Jean Mensa also revealed that the forms can be accessed online. In September 2016, the EC after an Inter-Party Advisory Committee IPAC meeting increased the presidential filing fees for the polls from ¢10,000 to ¢50,000 while that of the parliamentary was moved from ¢1,000 to ¢10,000.