EC opens nomination for 2020 election with 100% increase in filing fees
The Electoral Commission (EC) on Monday opened nomination for the December 2020 elections online, pegging filing fees for presidential candidates at GH₵100, 000.
This is a 100 per cent increase of the 2016 fee which was GH₵50, 000.
According to the Chairperson of the Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, parliamentary candidates were to pay GH₵10, 000 as filing fees while all candidates were to submit the completed forms from October 5 to 9, 2020.
At a press conference in Accra, she said the forms were available on the EC’s website unlike previous years, as part of measures to reduce human contact in line with COVID-19 protocols.
“Our commitment to promote and undertake a COVID-19 free election has largely informed and influenced the changes we have made in our activities this year and the nomination process is not left out,” she said.
To ensure security and integrity of the process, Mrs Mensa said each political party as well as independent candidates were to contact the EC for unique passwords to enable them access password protected forms.
Additionally, she said, the EC website would also have a manual for the completion of the forms and emergency contacts in charge challenges were encountered in filing the forms.
However, she said presidential candidates were to submit their completed forms to her at the EC head office while parliamentary candidate files theirs to the returning officer of the constituency at the EC district offices.
In view of the COVID-19 protocol, she said, the number of persons to submit the forms had been limited to five persons per party and the candidates were to give prior information to the EC to ensure orderliness.
Mrs Mensa said the increase of the period for submission of forms, had been increased from two to five, to give candidates ample time to fill their forms correctly to reduce the disqualification that usually ensued in previous years.
She said the nomination forms of presidential candidates should be endorsed by two registered voters in the era of authority in each district assembly, while those of parliamentary candidates should be endorsed by two persons, supported by 18 registered voters from the said constituency.
On the increase of the filing fees, Dr Bossman Asare, Deputy EC in charge of Corporate Services said it was a usual practice for the fees to be increased every four years because the value of the amounts were not the same every four years.
The Deputy EC in charge of Operations, Samuel Tettey said the commission was expecting nominations from 29 political parties who were currently in good standing and urged them to abide by the new guidelines for a smooth process.