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Aspiring MPs To Pay GH¢10,000; Presidential Candidates GH¢50,000

Aspiring MPs To Pay GH¢10,000; Presidential Candidates GH¢50,000The Ghanaian Presidential candidates of the various political parties are expected to pay a whooping GHc50,000 to enable them file their nominations to contest in Ghana’s 2016 elections in December.

At an Inter-Party Advisory Commission (IPAC) meeting held today (Thursday 8-09-16) in Accra. The Electoral Commission has also pegged the filing fee for parliamentary candidates at GHc10,000.

Nominations will be opened on Tuesday September 13, 2016, and close on September 28 and 29.

The figure is 500 per cent from the GH¢10,000 paid by presidential candidates in the 2012 elections. Parliamentary candidates are also to pay 10,000 as against the GH¢1,000 paid in the last elections. The new figure is a 1,000 percent increment from the previous amount.

Sources within the ongoing Inter Party Advisory Committee [IPAC] at the Electoral Commission’s office in Accra Thursday say the smaller parties led by leader of the Democratic People’s Party, Thomas Ward Brew and the United Front Party are objecting to the amount as being astronomical.

Representatives of the Great Consolidated Popular Party stormed out of the meeting to register their disapproval of the amount.

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