A statement signed by Eric Kofi Dzakpasu, Head of Communications at EC, Monday said “Accreditation tags will be given to only those who have formally applied for it and for a fee to be determined by the Commission.”
Some Ghanaian journalists have threatened to sue the Electoral Commission (EC) if it does not rescind its decision of charging an accreditation fee before issuing them.
President of a group known as International Standard Journalists Association, Dr Nana Oppong in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM dared the EC to take the next step since they will not pay the accreditation fee.
“We will cover the election but we will not pay the money that the EC is demanding and we are going to see what decision the EC is going to take against journalists who intend to cover free and fair and peaceful election in accordance with the constitution of the country.”
“We have options; one of the options is going to court, the reason why we haven’t gone to court is that the EC is already embroiled in too many court cases and what we think is that it doesn’t need another court case. What we need now is common sense to prevail and if that doesn’t work then obviously we would have to go to court.”
He said that journalists were committed to making this year’s elections a peaceful one but will not pay for accreditation.
Earlier this year the EC asked journalists in the Ashanti and Western Region to pay GHC 8 for accreditation before they were allowed to cover elections in their regions.
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A statement signed by Eric Kofi Dzakpasu, Head of Communications at EC, Monday said: “Accreditation tags will be given to only those who have formally applied for it and for a fee to be determined by the Commission.”
Even though the amount to be paid is yet to be determined the statement added that media organisations have from Monday, 31st October to Monday 7th of November 2016 to apply for accreditation.
The statement further warned that any request submitted after the deadline of 7th November 2016 will not be considered.
The EC is yet to give reasons for this decision.