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Legal practitioner and a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Kwame Adom Appiah says he is bewildered by the recent letter from the opposition National Democratic Congress to the Electoral Commission demanding a refund of the filing fees of some parliamentary candidates and particularly that of their presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama, it paid ahead of the December 7 polls.

It would be recalled that the NDC is demanding the immediate refund of the filing fees paid by its 2020 presidential candidate, John Mahama, and some parliamentary candidates ahead of the December 7, polls.

In addition to the refund for the party’s presidential candidate, the filing fees of 269 parliamentary candidates are also being demanded by the NDC.

Citing regulations 46 (1) and 46 (3) of C.I. 127, the party said the money is to be deposited into the NDC’s account with GCB Bank.

In a letter addressed to the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, the party indicated that the decision was taken by the Functional Executive Committee (FEC).

“Regulation 46 (1) and 46 (3) of C.I. 127 spells 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% and 12.5% respectively in a general election to qualify for a refund,” the statement signed by General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said.

Lawyer Appiah says although it is within the NDC's right to make this demand, he is perplexed as to why the party chose this time of all times, especially when the Supreme Court delivers its verdit on the election petition filed by the NDC's presidential candidate after he lost the December polls.

He says demanding a refund from the EC is an admission on the party of the NDC that they indeed lost the 2020 Presidential Election and are also sensing an impending defeat at the apex court.

He made this revelation in an exclusive interview with Silver News' Kwabena Agyei Kyeremateng.

''In my view, the NDC by their statement demanding for a refund for Mahama means they have indirectly abandoned the petition in the unlikely event of a re-run should the Supreme Court declare''

''Because this deposit qualifies Mahama as an eligible candidate for the election and if the NDC demands for a refund before the final verdict and if the EC should refund then it means there is no deposit for them in the unlikely event of a re-run''

''The parliamentarians will not go for a re-run in the unlikely situation...... only two candidates will be in position for a re-run should that be the case since nominations have already been closed''

''What will be the NDC's position by law regarding the 2020 Election if they so demand a refund for Mahama and parliamentarians , it indirectly means the elections have come to a definitive conclusion''

By Raymond Okyere Koomson (Davinci) | SilverNEWS 


Last modified on Thursday, 04 March 2021

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