Electoral Commission sued over media accreditation fees

Electoral Commission sued over media accreditation fees

The Ghana Electoral Commission has, yet again, been taken to court, only this time it's over a recently implemented media accreditation fee for journalists who intend to cover the upcoming general elections.

Electoral Commission sued over media accreditation fees

A group called the International Standards Journalist Association (ISJA) has taken the Ghana Electoral Commission to court due a new media accreditation fee for journalists who intend to cover the upcoming general elections, even though the fee is yet to be decided by the EC.

Electoral Commission sued over media accreditation fees

EC Chairperson, Madam Charlotte Osei

The group found the accreditation fee for local journalist contradictory because “non- Ghanaian journalists approved by the Commission to cover the election have not been asked to pay money to as a condition of for the issuing of accreditation tags.” Adding that the EC didn't need the money because it had been sufficiently provided for through government donations and donor partners.

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The group further stated that it felt that the accreditation tags in the first place were “unconstitutional discrimination against each journalist on the basis of his status as a Ghanaian journalist,” and that “every citizen who votes is entitled to supervise the Electoral Commission in order to ensure transparency, credibility, legitimacy, legality and correctness of election processes and outcomes.”

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