Filing Fee Suit We are not disappointed with court ruling - PPP

An Accra High court has given the Electoral Commission (EC) clearance to receive filing fee from Presidential and Parliamentary nominees.

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The Progressive People’s Party has said it is not disappointed with the ruling by the court to give the Electoral Commission the go-ahead to receive filing fee from Presidential and Parliamentary nominees.

The PPP filed an interlocutory injunction seeking to restrain the Electoral Commission (EC) from going ahead with the receipt of filing fees from presidential and parliamentary candidates a day before the date scheduled for filing.

But at the hearing in court on Friday, the trial judge, Justice Daniel Mensah denied the application for the injunction and deferred reasons to a later date.

The substantive matter as to whether the EC can receive the said amount as filing fee was also adjourned to Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

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Commenting on the matter, policy advisor for the PPP, Kofi Asamoah Nsiaw said the party is not disappointed as the substantive case is not over.

“We can’t be disappointed in that because the court has spoken. We came to court for the matter to be determined, the court has determined it. This is part 1, part 2 will follow. So we have to wait till the end of the case,” he said.

The PPP is in court over the GHC50, 000 filing fee for presidential nominees, leading to an injunction placed on some aspects of the filing process.

The party is pursuing a declaration that Regulation 45 of C.I. 94 is discriminatory, arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable. “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 other reliefs sought include: “A declaration that the proper instrument within the meaning of the relevant laws of the Republic of Ghana, in charging a deposit or fees for conducting a presidential or parliamentary election, by the Electoral Commission, is a statutory instrument and not constitutional instrument. 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.”

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