The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has written to the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana, requesting for a refund of the fees it paid to file the nomination forms of its 2020 presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, as well as that of 269 constituencies it filed a parliamentary candidate in.
The move by the umbrella family is in compliance with Regulations 46(1) and 46(3) of Constitutional Instrument (C. I) 127.
“Regulations 46(1) and 46(3) of C. I. 127 spell out the conditions for a refund or forfeiture of deposits made by Presidential or Parliamentary Candidates. A Presidential or Parliamentary candidate must obtain a minimum of 25% respectively in a General Election to qualify for a refund. We would be grateful if you could refund their deposits into the NDC account with GCB Bank Limited, Accra New Town Branch”, a letter dated February 9, 2021, signed by the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, and addressed to the Chairperson of the EC, in part read.
A part from the request for a refund of the Presidential nomination fee, the party is also requesting for a refund of the filing fees of 269 parliamentary candidates.
For instance, in the Western Region, the umbrella family is requesting for a refund of filing fees for 17 parliamentary candidates as well as 23 parliamentary candidates in the Central Region.
In the Greater Accra Region, the party is requesting for a refund of the filing fees for 34 parliamentary candidates, 18 in the Volta Region, 33 in the Eastern Region, 41 in the Ashanti Region, 9 in the Western North Region and 6 in the Ahafo Region.
In the Bono Region, the party is requesting for a refund of the filing fees for 12 parliamentary candidates, 11 in the Bono East Region, 8 in Oti Region, 18 in the Northern Region, 7 in the Savanna Region, 11 in Upper West Region, 6 in the North East Region and 15 in the Upper East Region.
Our sources within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) say, the Danquah-Busia-Dombo Tradition will soon meet to also put in a request for a refund of their 2020 Presidential Candidate filing fee as well as their parliamentary candidates who obtained a minimum of 25% of the votes during the 2020 General Elections.