The Liberal Party of Ghana believes that in order to enhance multi party democracy and considering the economic hardships caused by COVID-19, the Electoral Commission should reduce the filling fee for Parliamentary Candidates.
The filing fees announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) ahead of the December general election has angered some smaller political parties in the country.
They described as outrageous the GH¢100,000 and GH¢10,000 filing fees for presidential and parliamentary candidates.
The leader of Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Kofi Percival Akpaloo begged the EC to review the filing fees for the parliamentary candidates.
“GH¢10,000 for parliamentary candidates is too expensive. How do they expect us to file for our candidates?” he quizzed.
The LPG leader stated the filing fee is more of an imposition of taxes on the aspirants than a function performed by the election’s management body.
He stated that, the EC in its bid to discourage so-called “non-serious” candidates might end up preventing serious ones from participating.
Mr Akpaloo was, however, not bothered about the GH¢100,000 filing fee for presidential candidates
“No presidential candidate worth his salt will complain about the GH¢100,000 filing,” Mr Akpaloo added.