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PPP Sues EC Over Gh¢50k Filing Fee

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has sued the Electoral Commission over the presidential and parliamentary filing fees.

The opposition party joined the government through the Attorney General to the suit filed on Monday, September 19. The EC has eight days from today to respond to the suit.

The action by the PPP comes weeks after the EC increased the filing fees for Presidential Candidates by 500 percent from 10,000 Cedis to 50,000 Cedis.

The filing fees for Parliamentary Candidates have also been increased from 1,000 Cedis to 10,000 Cedis.

But PPP is seeking a declaration from the High Court that the filing fees are “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.”

“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.”

Source:  radioxyzonline.com

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