The final day for submission of nomination forms at the Electoral Commission (EC) headquarters has seen a rather bizarre twist with the Commission accepting the filing fee of the Progressive People's Party’s (PPP) Flagbearer despite an interlocutory injunction placed on the process by the PPP itself.
Yesterday [Thursday] the EC said it would not be accepting filing fees from the presidential and parliamentary aspirants because of the injunction.
Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, PPP Chairman
But the EC however accepted the filing fee of the PPP flagberer, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, who was represented by the party’s Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond.
Mr. Hammond subsequently requested that the filing fee be returned but the EC Chair, Charlotte Osei, said the 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, according to Godwin Allotey.
Godwin Allotey also reported that moments later, the Flagbearer of the Unity Development System Party (UDSP), Richard Nixon Tetteh, also submitted nomination forms but the EC did not accept its filing fee.
The PPP filed a suit at the High Court in on September 19 seeking an interlocutory injunction to prevent the EC from receiving the nominations.
The PPP, among other things seeking a declaration that Regulation 45 of C.I. 94 is discriminatory, arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.