PPP sues EC over filing fees

PaaThe Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has filed a suit at an Accra High Court against the Electoral Commission (EC) over the filing fees for presidential and parliamentary candidates for the general elections.

The EC on September 8, announced the filing fees for presidential and parliamentary candidates at GH¢50,000.00 and GH¢10,000.00 respectively, an action which  the party has described as “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.”

According to the party, although the EC per PNDC Laws 284 and 285 had the discretionary powers to charge filing fees for presidential and parliamentary elections, the electoral body needed a statutory instrument and not a constitutional instrument to exercise those discretionary powers.

The party is, therefore, praying the High Court to stop the EC from collecting the fees until the appropriate statutory instruments have been passed, in accordance with an appropriate legal regime.

The reliefs being sought for by the party include a declaration that the Presidential and Parliamentary Filing Fees and/or Deposit as announced by the EC on September 8, for the conduct of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections 2016 in the Republic of Ghana, was arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.

It also wants a declaration that the proper instrument within the meaning of the relevant laws of the Republic of Ghana in charging a deposit and or fees for conducting a Presidential and Parliamentary Elections by EC was a statutory instrument and not constitutional instrument.

The party further wants an order directed at the Defendants to desist from collecting 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 regime.

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