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EC : PPP Suit Can Affect Elections

The Electoral Commission has expressed concerns that the suit filed by the Progressive People’s Party can affect the December 7 general elections.

The PPP on Wednesday initiated legal processes at the Accra High Court to restrain Ghana’s Electoral Commission from going ahead to receive nomination fees from aspirants seeking to contest this year’s general elections.

The PPP which has sued the Commission over the fees, filed an interlocutory injunction application to stop the EC from going ahead to receive the said fees together with the nomination forms from Thursday.

Per a Supreme Court decision, an application for interlocutory injunction technically applies as an injunction, hence the EC cannot go ahead to collect the filing fees from today.

Due to suit, the EC on Thursday declined to accept the 50, 000 Ghana cedis filing fees presented to it by Presidential hopefuls but accepted the nomination forms.

The EC’s Communication Director, Eric Dzakpasu in an interview on one Accra Base fm stated that the timetable of the Electoral Commission could be affected if the suit is not resolved quickly by the court.

“As it stands now the timetable has not yet been thrown off gear but if it should take a longer time for this issue to be resolved, it will in a very significant way affect the processes towards the elections.”

Mr. Dzakpasu added “first…you cannot accept the nominations without the filing fee, so, you cannot determine the number of candidates who will be contesting the elections – who goes through and who does not go through cannot be determined.

“To the extent that you cannot accept the nominations without the filing fee, you cannot determine the number of persons who are contesting the elections, so, you cannot put up your notice of nominations. Then you can also not determine the number of candidates who are going to be on the ballot paper, so, you cannot begin the process of printing the ballot papers.

“Then…you may not even be in a position to print the Declaration of Results [form] because when you take that of the presidential [election], most of the time you know the number of candidates, you create the number of columns that you have on the declaration of results [form]. So, to the extent that you cannot accept the nominations because you have not received the filing fee, all these processes must be on [put] on hold.”



Source: radioxyzonline.com


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