Counter suit PURC files application to set aside CPA's suit

However, the PURC have indicated that the case brought by CPA are matters of interpretation which can only be dealt with at the Supreme Court.

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Director of Public Affairs and External Relations of PURC, Nana Yaa Jantuah play

Director of Public Affairs and External Relations of PURC, Nana Yaa Jantuah

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The Public Utility and Regulatory Commission (PURC) has filed a motion with the High Court asking it to dismiss the case brought by the plaintiff, the Consumer Protection Agency, in relation with the recent hike in electricity prices.

The Consumer Protection Agency (CPA), last week, sued the PURC and four power companies over the new electricity tariffs.

The Electricity Corporation of Ghana, the Volta River Authority, the Ghana Grid Company as well as the Northern Electricity Development Company which oversees electricity  supplies to the Northern parts of the country have been named as defendants.

However, the PURC have indicated that the case brought by CPA are matters of interpretation which can only be dealt with at the Supreme Court.

"That I am further advised and verily believe same to be true that to the extent that the plaintiffs allegations or compliant one of some purported infractions of the 1992 Constitution Article 296, the proper forum for the action should be the Supreme Court", the suit said.

"That I further advise and verily believe same to be true that the nature of the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs, are in essence a call for interpretation of and or enforcement of the said constitutional provisions namely article 296.," the suit added.

The PURC, on Monday December 7, 2015  announced a 59.2% and 67.2% hikes in electricity and water respectively.

However, the CPA wants the Court to set aside the 59.2% increase in electricity tariff announced by the PURC.

CPA believes the increase in electricity announced by the PURC is unfair and illegal.

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