Mr. Osei Kofi Acquah, the National Youth Organizer for the Conventions People’s Party (CPP) says he is very disappointed in the filing fees set by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC).
According to him, the EC seems to believe that only political parties and individuals which are financially stable are the ones to lead the country whiles it is being funded with the poor tax payer’s money.
In an exclusive interview, Mr. Acquah said he was expecting that the parliamentary and presidential filing fees which is a whooping hundred thousand Ghana cedis will be reduced intensely.
“Reducing the parliamentary filing fees to at least 3,000 thousand Ghana cedis would have clearly distinguished the difference between the Charlotte Osei led administration and Jean Mensa’s administration, but it is clear that the electoral commission has also bought in the idea that leadership is for the well to do…”
Mr. Acquah is very worried that the act by the EC will dissuade people with integrity and passion for the advancement of the country patriots who have the skills to be good leaders to avail themselves to the positive development of Ghana. In his opinion, the what the Electoral Commission has done is equivalent to selling the leadership of the country to the highest bidders.
He cautioned that the act is going to promote a duo-political system of government instead of the multi-party democracy that the commission is supposed to ensure. He also warned against the approval of monetization by the EC which will lead to the election of rich people instead of competent ones.
He has asked for a review of both the presidential and parliamentary filing fees that have been announced by the Electoral Commission.