Former President, John Dramani Mahama

An Accra High Court has dismissed a suit brought before it by the International Standards Journalist Association (ISJA) which was challenging the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision to charge journalists fees for accreditation to cover the December 7 polls.
According to the ruling by Justice Gifty Adjei Addo, the plaintiffs failed to come through the right process in bringing their suit before the court.
The court also awarded a cost of three thousand cedis against the Association.
The International Standards Journalists Association (ISJA) dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana to court for demanding that journalists pay for their accreditation to cover the December 7 elections.
The EC announced that media houses were to pay for the printout of the media accreditation to enable them to cover the elections.
Accreditation tags will be given to only those who have formally applied for them and for a fee to be determined by the Commission,” a statement issued by the election management body said.
Some media stakeholders however raised issues with the decision, with the ISJA subsequently dragging the EC to court over the matter.
The President of the group, Dr. Nana Oppong had earlier said they will not pay for the accreditation but would cover the elections.
He said “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 by the constitution of the country.”
Meanwhile, the ISJ has subsequently filed a new suit this time coming by an application instead of a writ of summons.