The Electoral Commission has received the presidential nomination forms of President John Dramani Mahama, paving way for him to contest the 2016 elections.
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Party – a breakaway party from the ruling NDC – Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has also filed her forms.
Vice president Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur presented the forms on behalf of his boss, Wednesday, at the EC headquarters and was received by the chairperson Mrs. Charlotte Osei.
The EC, however, refused to take the “deposit” for presidential and parliamentary aspirants due to an interlocutory injunction on the filing fee of Gh¢50,000 and Gh¢10,000 respectively.
“Because of the legal process, the deposits could not be accepted so we are taking it back,” the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia told a teeming crowd gathered at the EC Headquarters during the brief presentation ceremony.
However, General Mosquito as the chief scribe is affectionately called, stated the ruling party is “ready with the deposits of all the 275 aspirants of the NDC across the country.”
“So if you are filing your nomination anywhere in Ghana and you have a letter of introduction from the General Secretary, you don’t need to worry about the payment.”
Nana Akufo-Addo has also filed his nomination.
The NDC flagbearer is battling main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party in the 2016 elections for the second time after losing the 2012 contest. The poll is scheduled for December 7 – the seventh under the Fourth Republic.