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The Centre for Democratic Development of Ghana, CDD-Ghana, has said that the filing fee announced by the Electoral Commission yesterday is too high and will put pressure on candidates who will contest in the coming elections in December.
In an interview the Senior Program Officer, Nana Kwabena Aborampah Mensah said “Come to think of it, every activity in the electoral process had been budgeted for, so why the need to put pressure on the aspirants? We are causing further strain on the public purse because the country already allocates huge sums of money for the conduct of elections, then there is the issue of parties and people winning elections and having to recoup the monies they invested.”
He also said that the fee amongst others is what breeds corruption when candidates get into power.
“We got alarmed after research into the cost of politics in Ghana. We found out that parliamentary candidates that seek political power spend about USD 85,000 on just the contest. That excludes the filing fee, campaigning, and other expenses. This is really outrageous and should be looked at. This has implications for governance. Talk of corruption, mismanagement and what have you, because the people need to recoup the monies they invest.”
Mr. Mensah has asked the Electoral Commission come review the fee and asked the EC to render accounts of the money they are asking for to ensure transparency.
Source: Ghana Waves