The Electoral Commission of Ghana has been given the green light to receive filing fees from the presidential and parliamentary nominees after an Accra High court Friday October 7, dismissed a suit filed by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) against the commission and the Attorney General, in connection with the GH 50,000 filing fee for presidential nominees and GH¢10,000 for parliamentary nominees.
Arguing in court, Dennis Ofosu Appiah, lawyer for the PPP, said amount being charged by the EC was not stated in the law.
He said the PNDC law 284 requires the Commission to state the said amount to be charged in the regulations for the elections, maintaining that regulations 8 and 45 of the CI 94 failed to state the specific amount to be charged.
He further argued that the PPP may not be able to contest the polls if their injunction was not granted, because they will be required to provide the said amount.
Thaddeus Sori, Lawyer for the Commission EC, opposed the motion. He stated that the law allows the EC to determine the fee, which the EC has done.