The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has filed for a refund of the filing fees it paid parliamentary and presidential candidates in the 2020 general elections. It's really surprising the justification the party stated, as their petition in court remains unresolved. The General Secretary for the NDC, Johnson Asiedu under whose hand a letter dated 9 February 2021, was issued to the Electoral Commission of Ghana for the processing of the refund of the filing fee, indicated that the Functional Executive Committee of the party had resolved to make these claims persuant to Election Regulations.
Citing Regulation 46(1) and (3) of Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 127 as basis for the claim, Mr. Asiedu Nketsiah indicated that a total of two hundred and sixty-nine (269) Parliamentary candidates of the party amassed votes equal and more than the 12.5 percent, and thus is eligible for the refund.
He added that the Presidential candidate, John Mahama exceeded the 25 percent vote margin and thus his filing fee out to be refunded as per the Regulation 46 of C. I 127.
One interesting element attached to the request from the NDC is the fact that they had admitted that they got 47.396 percent of the total valid votes cast for the Presidential.
The party had requested that the amounts paid as filing fees be deposited in the party's account at the GCB, Accra New Town, in account number 1181130011568.
It is not established when the Electoral Commission wil respond tot heir request.
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