Election 2016 PPP drags EC to court over ‘high’ filing fees

The plaintiff is among other things seeking the court to declare that “the filing fee is arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable”.

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The Progressive People’s Party has sued the Electoral Commission (EC) over the ‘high’ filing fees by the Commission for presidential and parliamentary aspirants.

The plaintiff is among other things seeking the court to declare that “the filing fee is arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable”.

“An order directed at the defendants to desist from collecting and or receiving the said deposit or fees for the conduct of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections until the appropriate statutory instruments have been passed in accordance with appropriate legal rights.”

The PPP is further seeking a declaration that Regulation 45 of C.I. 94 is discriminatory.

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“That the entire C.I. 94 does not contain the appropriate relevant provisions that meet the intendment of Article 296 of the 1992 Constitution.”

The defendants have eight days from today [Monday] September 19, 2016, to respond to the suit.

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Meanwhile, the EC had earlier indicated that it may review the figures after some political parties argued that the filing fee was exorbitant.

"The commission will look into the concerns and if there is a need for it to be reviewed, the commission will do that but if we look at it and think that it should be maintained, it will be communicated to the political parties,” Deputy Head of Communications for the EC Alhassan Yusif Ayuba said on Class FM.

The EC is charging GHC50, 000 as nomination fee for persons seeking to run for president and GHC10, 000 for parliamentary aspirants.

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