“This filing fee is too much” says ace journalist, Kwesi Pratt who believes the Electoral Commission (EC) is encouraging corruption for pegging its filing fee at GH₵100,000 and Gh₵10,000 for Presidential and Parliamentary aspirants in the December 7 polls.
Speaking in his usual punditry role on ”Kokrokoo” on Peace FM, the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper stated that the payment of such huge sums for nomination forms breeds corruption in politics.
To him, there are some Parliamentary aspirants and sitting Members of Parliament who, in order to pay the filing fee, will have to rely on donors for funds, but in return, offer them contractual favors when they come into government in order to appease the donors.
“This filing fee is too much…If we want corruption to escalate, let’s continue to do what we’re doing. But if we don’t want corruption to increase, let’s take decisions that will ease the financial pressures…We will all benefit if we get a good President. Getting a good Parliamentarian will also affect us; the same way if we get a bad person, it will also affect us. The fee is too excessive”, he said