PPP sues EC over exorbitant filing fees

PPP sues EC over exorbitant filing fees

The Progressive People's Party (PPP) has sued the Electoral commission and the Attorney General's office over the 'unreasonable and capricious' of the filing nomination form for presidential and parliamentary candidates. The EC on September 8, announced the new filing fees for presidential candidates at GHC 50,000 and parliamentary candidates at GHC 10,000, which led to some party aspirants storming out of the meeting.

The PPP has said that the EC has no legal authority to review the filing fees. In their estimation, the PPP said that they would have to come up with an amount of GHC2,800,000 to participate in the December polls.

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The EC last week received much condemnation from other political parties as well, for their reviewed filing fees, and they responded with the intention to have to fees reassessed but so far no decision has been made yet. As such until September 29 and 30, candidates are to still pay these filing fees.

In a motion filed on Monday, September 19, the PPP filed for, among other things, that the EC and AG would 'desist from collecting and/or receiving the said deposit or fees for the conduct of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections until appropriate statutory instruments have been passed in accordance with appropriate legal regime'

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However, a clause in the EC's books states that monies would be returned to candidates  attain 25% or more votes in the presidential race and 12.5% or more in the parliamentary elections.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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