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The Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission (EC), yesterday, September 14, announced an increment in the filing fees for presidential and parliamentary candidates for the December 7 elections.

Announcing a 100% increase, the EC said the political parties will cough up GH¢ 100,000.00 and GH¢ 10,000.00 for presidential and parliamentary forms respectively.

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Since the amendment of the 1992 constitution, of which nominations fall under its electoral laws, filing fees have evolved.

Back in 1992, under the supervision of Justice Josiah Ofori Boateng, the EC charged GH¢ 500.00 for Presidential nominations and GH¢ 20.00 for parliamentary.

Fast forward to 1996, 2000 and 2004 elections which succeeded the routine nomination filing, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, who headed the EC, maintained the GH¢ 500.00 and GH¢ 20.00 filing fees for presidential and parliamentary forms respectively.

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Not long after the Ghana Cedi was redenominated in 2007, Dr Afari-Djan in 2008 increased the fee to GH¢ 5,000.00 for presidential and GH¢ 500.00 for parliamentary was maintained up to 2012.

However, in 2016, Mrs Charlotte Osei, after she was appointed first female EC boss in Ghana, announced a massive increment to GH¢ 50,000.00 for presidential and GH¢ 10,000.00 for parliamentary.

Mrs Jean Mensa, who took off from where Mrs Osei left, also towed that line by announcing a 100% increment in presidential filing fee from GH¢ 50,000.00 to GH¢ 100,000.00 but maintained the GH¢ 10,000 for parliamentary.

ELECTORAL COMMISSION (YEAR) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION FEE PARLIAMENTARY NOMINATION FEE
1992 GHS 500 GHS 20
1996 GHS 500 GHS 20
2000 GHS 500 GHS 20
2004 GHS 500 GHS 20
2008 GHS 5,000 GHS 500
2012 GHS 5,000 GHS 500
2016 GHS 50,000 GHS 10,000
2020 GHS 100,000 GHS 10,000
The evolution of presidential and parliamentary filing fee from 1992 to 2020
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