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EC boss defends disqualification of candidates, says EC ready to face them in court

Written by  Oct 11, 2016
The Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Charlotte Osei says the Electoral Commission (EC) disqualified the 13 candidates because they failed to meet the requirements to contest as presidential candidates.  Only four candidates qualified to contest in the presidential election.    They are Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Dramani Mahama of National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Congress (CPP) and Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY), an independent candidate.   Out of the total 17 aspirants who submitted their nomination forms to be considered as presidential candidates, the commission has disqualified 12 of them on grounds of not meeting the requirements.   Presidential candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Adai Odike has been given up to Friday October 14, 2016 to settle a court case filed against him.   They Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of PPP, Mr Hassan Ayariga of APC, Dr Edward Nasigri Mahama of PNC, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings of NDP and Mr Kofi Apaloo of IPP.   Others are Mr T.N. Ward Brew of DPP, Mr Henry Lartey of GCPP, Richard Tetteh of USDP, Akua Donkor of GFP, Nana Agyenim Boateng of UFP and Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings of NDP. Some of the parties have threatened to seek legal action against the EC. The presidential candidate of the NDP and her running mate has given the EC 24 hours to reinstate her [Konadu] or she will go to court. Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party has asked the EC chair to give him five (5) minutes t5o correct the errors of he will have no option than to go to court. But the EC chair at a media interaction in Tamale said, The EC’s Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, at said the EC is unperturbed about the legal threats issued by some of the aggrieved parties. According to her, the EC acted constitutionally in disqualifying the candidates. The disqualified candidates she stressed, should have done due diligence to avoid the unpardonable infractions detected on their nomination forms. She further revealed that, the EC is ready to dialogue with the affected candidates. Meanwhile, she has urged the media to liaise with the Commission so they can organise a world class election.   The media interaction was meant to deepen the EC’s relationship with the media under the auspices of the Media Foundation for West Africa.
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