The electoral commission (EC) has defended its decision to controversially accept the filing fee of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) despite a court injunction preventing it from doing so.
On Thursday, the EC said it would not be accepting filing fees from the presidential and parliamentary aspirants untile the court rules on the substance matter in court. But the EC accepted the filing fee of the PPP flagbearer, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, who was represented by the party’s Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond, at its headquarters on Friday, September 29.
Charlotte Osei in a press briefing explained that the Commission accepted the filing fee of the PPP because they assume the party was no longer interested pursuing the case in court.
"By presenting it; I thought they had withdrawn the case, that was the impression,” she argued.
On Thursday, September 29, the electoral commission began accepting nomination forms for the December 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections. The first among the 9 presidential aspirants who presented their forms was the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akuffo-Addo, followed by the UPP's Akwesi Addai.
In all, 19 political parties have filed their nominations at the EC ahead of the December 7 elections.