Renowned pollster Ben Ephson has jumped to the defense of the Electoral Commission saying there is nothing wrong with the GH¢100,000 filing fee for presidential aspirants for this year’s election.
Several political parties including the NDC and the CPP have described the amount as astronomical but speaking on Morning Starr on Tuesday, Mr Ephson said the amount by the EC is okay.
“I think that if the smaller parties will be a bit more focused, they can join resources but everyone wants to do their own thing. I think the amount is okay. We have a number of mushroom parties who filed a number of individuals so basically if you are a party who has been running your office for the whole year, you’ll find ways of paying the GH¢100,000.
“Even if you have the GH¢100,000 to pay, you must have a presence. You must meet the EC’s criteria of being a functional political party.”