Drama unfolded at the Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday, when the presidential candidate of the Independent People’s Party (IPP), Mr. Kofi Akpaloo, carried a jute bag popularly called ‘Ghana must go, containing huge sums of money ostensibly to register 23 parliamentary candidates of his party.
This was after he had submitted his banker’s draft covering GH¢50,000 for his filing fee.
He was consequently asked by the EC to take the bag of money away and “do the right thing”.
Per the EC’s directives, all aspirants were expected to submit banker’s draft covering their fees.
Mr. Akpaloo’s action sent the entire conference room into laughter, and he departed with his running mate, Madam Magaret Obrina Safo and other executives, disappointed.
Speaking to journalists, he claimed the information on the submission of the filing fee got to him late and he had to rush to the headquarters.
“Besides, it is money the EC wants so I decided to come along with the bag of money to the EC’s office”.
The incident occurred around 11:50 am, 10 minutes to close of submissions at 12:00 noon.
Moments later, at about 11:56 am, the Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Dr. Edmund Delle also hurriedly entered the conference room in order not to be disqualified, but interestingly, he submitted the name of the presidential candidate, Ivor Greenstreet, and the list of the parliamentary candidates without a banker’s draft.
That also threw the packed conference room into laughter.
Dr. Delle explained that as the processing at the bank was delaying, he decided to rush to the EC without the banker’s draft.
Unlike the case of Mr. Akpaloo, he was given three minutes to go and secure the banker’s draft but even then, he took over an hour to return.
Dr. Delle resurfaced at 1:1 0 pm with the banker’s draft, accompanied by some party members.
In all, 13 political parties and two independent presidential candidates submitted their filing fees.
They are the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Party (NDP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) and the United Progressive Party (UPP).
The rest are the Reformed Patriotic Democrat (RPD), United Front Party (UFP), Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP), All People’s Party (APC), the People’s National Convention (PNC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
The independent candidates were Jacob Osei Yeboah (aka JOY) and Mr. Kwame Asiedu Walker.
Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, with the assistance of Mr. Emmanuel Zumakpah, Director of Administration, submitted a banker’s draft on behalf of the party.
Mr. Martin Adjei Korsah, Director of Elections for the NPP submitted the filing fee on behalf of his party, while Mr. Akwesi Adai Odike, together with his running mate, Mr. Yaw Brogya, submitted that of the UPP.
Mr. Kwame Manu Sarpong, running mate of the RPD, and Dr. Nana Agyeman of the UFP also submitted on behalf of their parties.
Dr. Henry Lartey did so for the GCPP, while the General Secretary of the PNC, Atik Mohammed, and the National Organiser, Desmond Ntow, submitted it for the PNC.
Mr. Razak Kojo Opoku, General Secretary, together with Mr. Kurby Kandoro, treasurer, paid the money for APC, while Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong, General Secretary, and Director of Communications, Maame Yaa Adusei, submitted on behalf of the NDP.
Madam Akua Donkor, together with her running mate, Mrs. Patricia Asante, submitted for the GFP, while Mr. Jacob Osei Yeboah and his running mate, William Tortor, also submitted theirs.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour