The Electoral Commission of Ghana has declared its intention to refund the Ghc100, 000 filing fee to the disqualified presidential aspirants.
This comes after some 5 aspirants were disqualified from contesting in the December 7th polls on Monday.
The election organising body on Monday through its chairperson announced that some 5 aspirants have been disqualified from contesting in the 2020 general elections due to instances such as forgery of signatures, inability to meet requirements of the Electoral Commission, among other issues. It also announced 12 candidates as fit to contest in the general elections in December.
With the issue of the filing fee hanging, the head of public relations for the commission, Madam Sylvia Annor stated that the disqualified aspirants will be receiving their filing fees since the commission has no intention of keeping the monies.
“In this situation where the aspirants were not able to sail through, we have no other alternative than to give their monies back to them but for those who are able to sail through, their monies will be kept”, she said.
With respect to the issues that led to the disqualification of the 5 aspirants, she indicated that the commission has referred the case to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service and will await results of their investigations.
She however stressed that no disqualified aspirant will have the chance to appeal since the decision to disqualify them is final.