Ivor Greenstreet says Convention People’s Party though is in talks with the Electoral Commission are preparing to pay the filing fee set or presidential candidate in case the commission maintains it.
The Electoral Commission announced a few weeks ago that the filing fee of GHC100,000 for presidential candidates and GHC10,000 but the CPP said it is a high side and asked for review in the fee.
But the Flagbearer said “We have reached out to the EC to find out whether the amount is a figure that will be reduced. We believe we want a multiparty democracy and not monetocracy or duopoly. We want all Ghanaians to be able to participate in the electoral process. So we will continue to engage the EC to try and ensure that we achieve those ideals and aims. If it doesn’t work, in the same way, we are compelled to pay high fuel and electricity prices, we will also have to suffer and pay the high filing fees.”
The Electoral Commission has however defended itself that the fee for presidential was increased because the Cedi has depreciated against the dollar.
The Deputy Chairman, Dr. Bossman Eric Asare said “And even when you look at the [filing fee for] parliamentary [aspirants], the GHS10,000, you will realise that the Commission has reduced the price because we all know that GHS10,000 in 2016, is not the same as GHS10,000 in 2020.”
Source: Ghana Waves