General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has revealed that the 400 thousand Ghana cedis and 20 thousand Ghana cedis for filing fees and purchase of forms respectively are non-refundable.
This means that any candidate who pays the amount and later decides to opt out of the race will have to forfeit the money.
According to him, presidential candidates therefore have the opportunity to come for the guidelines and rules of engagement before making the payments.
He said the party was fully aware of the impact of the heavy amount slapped on the candidates and did so on purpose, particularly to help inject some liquidity into the party.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia who was speaking on an Accra based radio station, said the candidates would also require the signatures of 559 party members in order to be able to complete the form and submit back to the party.
In effect, all the presidential candidates must make arrangements to have such signatories on standby and ready to endorse the forms for them within 10 days and from all the 10 regions of the country.
Already some candidates have described the figure as outrageous and have impressed upon the party leadership to review it downward.