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PPP To Sue EC For Contempt

The Progressive Peoples Party has said it will head to court today to sue the Electoral Commission for contempt over its decision to accept their flagbearer’s filing fee, despite an injunction prohibiting that action.

The PPP filed a suit at the High Court earlier seeking an interlocutory injunction to prevent the Commission from receiving the nominations in protest of what they describe as “high” filing fees set by the EC for aspirants”.

Last week, the Commission accepted the filing fee of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) flagbearer despite an interlocutory injunction placed on the process by the same party.

The Electoral Commission chairperson, Charlotte Osei, has defended the decision, saying the commission accepted the filing fee because they assumed the party was no longer interested in pursuing the case in court.

“By presenting it; I thought they had withdrawn the case, that was the impression,” she said.

But Chairman of the PPP, Allotey Brew Hammond said 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.

Policy Adviser to the PPP, Kofi Asamoah Siaw dismisses the claim that they were wrong in submitting the money to the Commission in the first place.

“If you read the injunction application filed earlier, it was restraining the commission from receiving or collecting it. It had nothing to do with presentation and that it why we did not serve other political parties, so if the EC went ahead to take our Bankers draft then they are obviously in contempt”.

Source: radioxyzonline.com

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