The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei has explained the reason why the commission received the filing fees of the Progressive People’s Party.
With the exception of the PPP, the Commission led by the chairperson rejected the GHC50,000 filing fees of all the presidential candidates who submitted theirs during the two-day exercise.
The EC had said it rejected the fees because of a pending court case filed by two political parties – Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom’s Progressive People’s Party and Kofi Akpaloo’s Independent People’s Party on Wednesday.
It is for this reason why many, including the PPP, were surprised that the EC accepted PPP’s filing fees Friday morning. The IPP submitted the nomination forms Thursday without the filing fees.
The Electoral Commission closed nominations at 5pm on September 30, 2016.
Addressing the media after the exercise, Mrs. Charlotte Osei said the commission took the banker’s draft of PPP thinking the party was no longer pursuing the court case.
“By presenting it I thought they had cancelled their case in court. May be they have withdrawn it, that was my impression,” she explained to the media.
The Chairman of the PPP Nii Allotey Brew Hammond had told the media early on that “The injunction is that they should not accept and receive but now they have accepted and received…but they are not supposed to receive it.”
By Isaac Essel |3news.com | Ghana