The Accra City Campus’ Students Representative Council’s (ACC-SRC) General Assembly of the University of Ghana, has approved of the proposed Constitutional Instrument (CI) to guide the 2019 ACC-SRC elections.
This was part of its scrutiny of the Constitutional Instrument tabled before the house by the Electoral Commission.
At the third sitting of the General Assembly on Thursday, March 28, the House was divided on the issue of filing fee stated as part of the rules and regulations for this year’s elections.
A section of the house argued in favor of a stipulated GHC 350 as filing fee for Presidential aspirants and GHC 250 for other portfolios.
Whilst a section of the House was calling for the expunging of the entire amount, others were asking for a reduction of the filling fee.
Those in favour of a reduction argued that the move would help cushion the Electoral Commission in its expenses and ultimately aid in cutting out the possibilities of electoral excesses owing to financial constraints.
That notwithstanding, those calling for the zero payment of filling fees did so with inspiration that the main University campus in Legon, was not taking any money for filling of forms.
After a long discussion, the House voted to reduce the cost of filling fees.
Presidential aspirants will thus be required to pay GHC 300 and those aspiring for other portfolios paying GHC 200 to file their nomination.
“All Presidential aspirants are to pay an amount of GHC 300.00 to run the election while aspirants of any other portfolio are to pay GHC 200” a part of the rules and regulations of the CI after the reduction was accepted ‘
In previous years, the norm had been to allow for aspirants to pick and submit forms at no cost.
Included in the CI was a GHC 50.00 sanction on aspirants who fail to show up on time for their vetting.
‘A person who does not appear before vetting committee on the time issued by the committee will be fined an amount of GHC50‘
The Constitutional Instrument (CI) was Pseudo adopted after much deliberation with the changes made to the proposed one to be corrected by the Electoral commission.
Story by: Khadijatu Abdul Latif|universnewsroom.com