The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has released suggested nomination fees for candidates vying for president, mayors, councilors and MPs, in the 2018 elections. This has been seen by many political critics as a way of ripping off the people after these so called politicians have come into office. How these so call corrupt politicians will be accountable.Through the Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC), a sub-committee of NEC, political parties agreed to a formulae for assigning nomination fees. The formulae is based on the country’s minimum wage of Le500,000.
*Village Head Man – 50% of minimum wage = Le250,000.
*Local Council – minimum wage = Le500,000.
*Mayor/Chairman – minimum wage X 3 months = Le1,500,000.
*Members of Parliament – minimum wage X 6 months = Le3,000,000.
*President – minimum wage X 12 months X 5 years = Le30 million.
The PPL Committee met on Tuesday 20 June 2017, to wrestle with the thorny issue of nomination fees for different positions during the upcoming 2018 elections. It was unanimously agreed by parties, including; SLPP, APC, RUFP, PDP, CDP, PMDC and ADP, that nomination fees must be fixed using a formula that could be applied to all positions. The application of the formula, based on the minimum wage, would ensure a consistent level of nomination fees for all future elections.
The NEC, Director of External Relations, Albert Massaquoi, said, “This decision was unanimously put up by the different political parties, which was submitted to NEC. This submission will be sent to the AG’s office who will draft legislation to be tabled before Parliament.
In 2012, the nomination fees for Presidential candidates was Le100 million. The amount was controversial and some parties complained openly. Presidential candidates ended up paying only Le10 million, and President Koroma vowed to pay the difference of Le90 million per party.
By : Kargbo