Filing begins today

Mrs Charlotte Osei,EC boss...All is set today, for the Electoral Commission (EC) to receive completed nomination forms and filing fees from presidential aspirants desirous of contesting this year’s general elections on December 7.

But the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has filed an interlocutory injunction at an Accra High Court restraining the Commission from receiving deposits of GH¢50, 000 and GH¢10,000 from each presidential and parliamentary candidate contesting the December polls.

The writ, which was filed yesterday, prayed the EC to postpone the receipt of the deposit until the final determination of the suit on October 11.

It added that the commission should allow candidates to file their nominations without any deposits.

According to the PPP’s Policy Advisor, Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, any disregard to the injunction, would amount to contempt of court.

However, when contacted, sources close to the EC told The Ghanaian Times that the Commission had not been served.

Sixteen political parties and nine independent candidates are expected to submit their nomination forms and pay GH¢50,000 each, during the two-day exercise which will end tomorrow.

The nomination forms, according to officials of the EC, should be endorsed by two registered voters from each of the 216 districts of the country.

Those contesting the parliamentary elections are required to pay GH¢10,000 at the offices of the commission in their various constituencies.

Meanwhile, a large crowd of supporters are expected to besiege the head office of the EC in Accra, to back their candidates filing their nomination forms, admist the display of political party colours and brass band music.  A heavy security presence is expected, as well.

The registered political parties include the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), Independent People’s Party (IPP), United Front Party (UFP), Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), United People’s Party (UPP), Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

The rest are National Democratic Party (NDP), United Love Party (ULP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), People’s National Convention (PNC), All People’s Congress (APC), United Development of System Party (UDOSP), Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD) and the Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP).

The independent candidates expected to submit their forms are Professor Oduro DaCosta, Dr. Yaw Kumey, Jacob Osei Yeboah, W.O. Tetteh, Kwame Asiedu Walker, Kweku Antwi Owusu, Major Ibrahim Rida (Rtd), John Alex Hammah and James Quaye.

Some of the political parties have described the filing fee as astronomical and demanded a reduction, but the EC has been resolute in its decision to maintain the fee.

The NDC, NPP, PPP, APC, CPP and PNC have expressed their readiness to pay the filing fee before tomorrow’s deadline.

In 2012, only eight political parties were certified by the EC to contest the election after the close of nominations for the submission of forms.

Seven other candidates were disqualified by the commission, because they provided the names of people who were not on the Voter’s Register, as well as identity card numbers and polling station codes which were not correct.

They are former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Kofi Wayo, (United Renaissance Party), Mr. Thomas Ward Brew, (Democratic People’s Party), Madam Akua Donkor, (Ghana Freedom Party), Kofi Akpaloo, (Independent People’s Party), Prophet Daniel Nkansah, (New Vision Party), and Mr. Anim Kofi Addo, (Yes People’s Party).

 

By Augustine Cobba-Biney & Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

 

 

 

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