Presidential Filing Fee PPP's case against EC adjourned to Friday

The case originally set for the 11th of October was called today after Lawyers for the EC sought to get it abridged to today citing a possible delay of the Election calendar.

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The failure of AG to appear in court on Thursday forced an Accra High Court to adjourn the injunction suit filed by the Progressive People's Party (PPP) over the collection of the fees set by the Electoral Commission for filing.

The case originally set for the 11th of October was called today after Lawyers for the EC sought to get it abridged to today citing a possible delay of the Election calendar.

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The application was granted partly as the date for hearing was abridged to Friday.

The PPP filed the 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.

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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