EC accepts PPP’s filing fee and refused to give it back, despite an interlocutory injunction by the court on the process.
The Electoral Commission has shockingly accepted the Progressive People’s Party’s (PPP) filing fee, despite rejecting that of other presidential aspirants who have so far submitted their nomination forms. The EC collected the stipulated filing fee from the PPP despite an interlocutory injunction placed on the process by court, courtesy of the PPP itself.
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The PPP had filed a case against the EC at the High Court on September 19, seeking an interlocutory injunction to prevent the Commission from receiving the nominations. The PPP did this in protest of the the EC’s skyrocketed filing fees for presidential and parliamentary aspirants.
For that reason, the EC said it will not be accepting filing fees from aspirants. Yesterday, the commission rejected the said fees from the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo, when he came to submit his nomination forms; in line with the injunction. President Mahama also went home with his filing fees.
But then the EC accepts PPP’s filing fee, despite the interlocutory injunction. The party’s chairman Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond who led the delegation was visibly astonished by the development but Mrs. Charlotte Osei remained resolute with her decision to keep the fees. The EC boss reportedly gave her reason, saying it was too late to return the fee as the PPP was aware of the legal implications yet still presented the fee in bank draft form.
The party chairman who wanted the fees returned, went ahead to explain that presented the filing fees because they wanted to comply with the regulations which indicated that all of the submission of nominations should be done with the filing fee. But the commission maintained its position. Also, the EC boss has not said anything further on why she accepted the filing fees from the PPP, who engineered the injunction.
The question now is; what is the exact motive behind EC’s acceptance of a filing fee from the PPP?
Today September 30 is the last day for submission of nomination forms at the Electoral Commission (EC) headquarters. All contending political parties are expected to submit their forms, so as to be considered eligible by the commission to contest.