The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has cited the Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), Madam Charlotte Osei for contempt.
The suit follows the EC’s decision to accept the PPP’s filing fee last week, despite an interlocutory injunction secured by the latter.
The PPP believes the decision by Charlotte Osei to accept its filing fee is unlawful.
A copy of the writ sighted by Citi News said “take notice that this Honourable court shall be moved by lawyers of the applicant, Yaw Amoah-Owusu , praying the Honourable court for an order of Committal of you Mrs Charlotte Ama Osei, Chairman of the Electoral Commission of the Republic of Ghana, for defying the substance of the motion on Notice of an order pending before this Honourable court and on the basis of the Affidavit in support to this motion and for any orders the Honourable court may deem fit.”
The PPP filed a suit at the High Court early this month, seeking an interlocutory injunction to prevent the Commission from receiving the nominations in protest against what they described as “high” filing fees set by the EC for aspirants.
According to the Chairman of the PPP, Allotey Brew Hammond, although they asked the Commission to return the bank draft after the presentation on Friday, the EC Chair, refused to hand it back to them.
“We have started the motion of talking to our lawyers to get the processes of filing for contempt because our relief was to have the EC not to accept any filing fee and since they have accepted our filing fee, they are in contempt of the injunction,” Mr Brew Hammond told Citi News.
But Charlotte Osei, defended the decision of the election management body to accept the filing fee of the PPP, saying the Commission accepted the filing fee because they assumed the party was no longer interested pursuing the case in court.
“By presenting it; I thought they had withdrawn the case, that was the impression,” she said. ‘We didn’t trick EC’ The Director of Operations for the PPP, Nana Ofori Owusu, also stated that the party had no intention of tricking the Electoral Commission.
By: Nana Ama Agyemang Asante/ghanadecides.com/Ghana