Election 2016 Mahama submits nomination forms

The Vice president, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, and the governing National Democratic Congress General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia submitted the forms on behalf of the president.

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President John Dramani Mahama has filed his nomination forms with the Electoral Commission (EC) to contest as presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

The Vice president, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, and the governing National Democratic Congress General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia submitted the forms on behalf of the president on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

The Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho; Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Ade Coker and other members of the NDC also accompanied the Vice President.

Addressing a teeming crowd gathered at the EC Headquarters during the brief presentation ceremony,
the General Secretary of NDC,  Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the party is “ready with the deposits of all the 275 aspirants of the NDC across the country.”

“So if you are filing your nomination anywhere in Ghana and you have a letter of introduction from the General Secretary, you don’t need to worry about the payment,” he said.

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The flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo earlier on Thursday submitted his nomination forms at the EC headquarters in Accra.

The Presidential nominee of the United Front Party (UFP), Nana Agyenim Boateng was also at the EC office to file his nomination.

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The EC is however not accepting the filing fees because the Progressive People’s Party has sued the Commission over the fee.

The plaintiff is among other things seeking the court to declare that “the filing fee is arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable”.

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An order directed at the defendants to desist from collecting and or receiving the said deposit or fees for the conduct of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections until the appropriate statutory instruments have been passed in accordance with appropriate legal rights.”

The PPP is further seeking a declaration that Regulation 45 of C.I. 94 is discriminatory.

The EC is charging GHC50, 000 as nomination fee for persons seeking to run for president and GHC10, 000 for parliamentary aspirants.

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