Ghana’s electoral body, the Electoral Commission (EC), has set as charges for nomination, Ghs 100,000 and Ghs 10,000 for presidential and parliamentary candidates respectively in the run-up to the 2020 general elections.
The new charge with respect to the presidential candidates, is a 100 per cent increment as compared to the Ghs 50,000 charged in 2016. That of the parliamentary candidates however, remained the same as no increments was made by the EC.
The new charge was disclosed by the Commissioner, Jean Mensa at a press briefing on Monday evening.
EC regulations on filing fee refund
Per regulations of the EC, the filing fee or nomination fee a candidate pays is refunded after the election if he or she gets a certain percentage of the total valid votes cast in the election.
The percentage is 25 per cent in the case of the presidential election and 12.5 per cent in the case of the parliamentary election.
However, if the aspirant is disqualified after filing the nomination, the aspirant does not get any refund.
Guidelines for filling nomination forms
The EC has provided a detailed guideline on its website for filling the nomination forms.
The EC will receive the filled out nomination forms for the presidential and parliamentary aspirants from Monday October 5 to Friday October 9, 2020.
The forms are to be submitted in quadruplicates.
That of the presidential aspirants are to submitted at the EC head office by the aspirants themselves or their supporters and to be received by the EC chairperson who is the Returning Officer.