Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has disclosed that most politicians go for loans just to pay the filing fees demanded by the Electoral Commission.
This comes after the EC announced that candidates seeking to contest the 2020 presidential elections in Ghana will have to pay a hefty GH¢100,000 filing fee with some political parties raising concerns over the amount.
Speaking on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’ monitored by Talksafrica.com he disclosed that some politicians go for commercial loans just to pay the filing fees.
“There are some who go for commercial loans for filing fees and campaigns. If he is not lucky and he loses then his world comes to an end,” he said
He further subscribed to the idea that the fee is exorbitant and such huge amount demanded from politicians as nomination forms fees breeds corruption in Ghana.
‘This filing fee is too much…If we want corruption to escalate, let’s continue to do what we’re doing….,” He added
Political parties including the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the People’s National Convention (PNC), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), the All People’s Congress (APC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) have expressed reservation over the EC’s decision
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