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You Can’t Charge Any Money You Want – Kwaku Azar Fumes At EC’s ‘Unlawful’ Filing Fees

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Law professor and activist, Professor Kwaku Asare, popularly known as Kwaku Azar has slammed the Electoral Commission for demanding exorbitant fees from Presidential candidates ahead of the 2020 polls.

In a post on Facebook, Mr Azar described the increase in cost of filing fee as ‘unlawful’insisting government agencies are fully funded to provide services to the public hence they cannot just charge the public whatever they want.

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Government agencies are fully funded to provide services to the public. As such, they cannot just charge the public whatever they want for whatever reasons.

ACT 983 provides for the regulation of their fees and charges and for related matters.

Under the Act, to charge at all, first these agencies, including the EC, must publish regulations, which, of course, has to be placed in Parliament where it undergoes vetting.

CHRAJ cannot wake up and start asking us to pay ?50,000 per complaint to weed out non-serious complaints any more than the EC can ask general election candidates to pay ?100,000 to get on the ballot.

It has to publish regulations, which Parliament, under pressure from the people, will reject.

Some say the EC can charge whatever it wants to weed out non-serious candidates.

I say show me someone who voluntarily hands over his or her hard earned ?100,000 to the EC, without asking for the authority of the EC to impose that tax or penalty, and I will show you someone who will be a bad steward of the public purse.

By the same token, the EC cannot levy a registration tax on voters to weed out non-serious ones.

The EC is not a tax collector, a for profit-entity, a seriousness inspector or in any way set up to impose charges, let alone excessive ones, on general election candidates.

Rather, its task includes making sure political parties timely file their financial reports and making same available to the public for vetting.

Its task is to get dirty money out of our politics not exacerbate the problem.

In short, fiats to impose fees are not just corruption-enhancing and discriminatory against the poor, they are also unlawful.

Da Yie!

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Photo: Owusu Bempah Flaunts Luxury Apartment And Cars Days After Ibrahim Mahama Emptied His Account

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Embattled PRO for Ghana Gas, Ernest Owusu Bempah has flaunted his luxury apartment and car on social media days after his account was supposedly emptied by businessman, Ibrahim Mahama upon a court order.

The Court had ordered the National Investment Bank (NIB) to transfer the amount of GHS310,000 to the businessman. The court also ordered that in case the amount in the account is less than the awarded amount, the account must be emptied.

In compliance with the court order, MyNewsGh reported that the account was emptied due to the fact that the amount in that account was less than the awarded cost.

The report further indicated that the lawyers of Mr Mahama are exploring the possibility of emptying Mr Owusu Bempah’s momo account to defray the awarded cost.

However, days later, Mr Owusu Bempah has taken to social media to prove that he is far from broke as he flaunted his luxury apartment and vehicle shortly before he attended the funeral proceedings of the late former president Rawlings.

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Ayawaso, Korle Klottey Record Highest Covid-19 Cases – Ghana Health Service

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The Ayawaso and Korle Klottey municipalities are recording the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the Ghana Health Service have said.

Director General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kumah Aboagye said “in January alone we have confirmed…646 new cases from seventeen districts and eight regions.”

He noted, “Korley Klottey, Ayawaso are the key areas where we are reporting the cases.”

“Ashanti has thirty-two new cases in eleven districts. The Eastern region has nineteen cases in two districts, Western has sixteen cases all in the Sekondi-Takoradi. Upper East has fourteen cases in Bolgatanga municipality. And Northern region has four cases from Tamale metro.”

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All 16 Regions Now Have Active Covid-19 Cases – Ghana Health Service

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The Ghana Health Service has disclosed that the Coronavirus pandemic has hit all 16 regions in the country.

Addressing the press, information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah noted that the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Western Regions are the biggest hotspots.

According to him, situation has changed since President Akufo-Addo said during his 22nd national address to the nation that 13 out of the 16 regions in the country had recorded positive cases.

Ghana Health Service says as many as 695 new cases were recorded on the January 21, increasing the active cases from 3,286 to 3,525 and total case count of 61,498.

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