A court in Accra has dismissed a suit filed by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) seeking an injunction on the collection of filing fees for presidential and parliamentary aspirants by the Electoral Commission(EC).
The High Court will, however, make the reasons for the dismissal of PPP’s suit on Monday, October 10.
The party had gone to the court to challenge the filing fees set by the EC after they had described the GH¢50,000 fee for presidential nominees and GH¢10,000 for parliamentary nominees as “a capricious and arbitrary use of power” by the electoral management body.
The EC last week accepted the nomination forms of persons wishing to contest the presidential and parliamentary elections.
The Commission refused to accept the filing fees as a result of the PPP’s suit but strangely accepted the party’s banker’s draft when it was presented.
Parties who are contesting the presidential election and have aspirations in all 275 constituencies will have to pay 2.8 million as filing fees .
Some of the smaller parties have asked the EC ro review the fees and despite announcing initially that it would do so, the Commission eventually decided to maintain the set amounts.
Counsel for the PPP, Dennis Ofosu Appiah, argued in court that the fees set by the EC had no legal basis. He added that although PNDC law 284 requires the Commission to set the amount to be charged in the regulations for the elections, regulations 8 and 45 of the CI 94 failed to state the specific amount to be charged.
Lawyer for the EC, disproved this, stating that the gave the Commission the mandate to set the fees.
He also added that the PPP, who had earlier stated that they couldn’t pay the set amounts, should seek an injunction for themselves and not the other parties as they cannot assume that all other parties cannot pay.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana