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EC Inundated With Threats Of Law Suits

The Electoral Commission [EC] is inundated with threats of law suits following its disqualification of twelve Presidential hopefuls.

The APC, NDP, GCPP, and IPP are some of the parties threatening to take the EC to court.

The shock that the parties got from the EC’s decision compelled some of them to react angrily.

Flagbearer of the GCPP, Dr Henry Lartey said he will head to court if all attempts to get the EC to reverse the decision fails.

In a statement, Dr Lartey said the reasons given by the EC for disqualifying the GCPP are untenable because the party did what the EC claims it did not do.

The National Organiser of the IPP, Jerry Owusu, who also threatened court action, said the party will not accept the EC’s decision.

He said the EC has a calculated attempt to exclude some parties from the race.

The APC has also reacted angrily saying it’s last resort will be the law court.

The Youth Organiser of the party, Mordecai Tumbiano, told newsmen that the APC is optimistic that it will be on the Presidential ballot paper come December 7.

The NDP also accused the EC of deliberately wanting to exclude some parties from the race.

The Secretary General of the party, Mohammed Frimpong said the NDP will resort to court for redress.

The EC’s decision to disqualify a number of Presidential Candidates has sparked debates across the length and breadth of the country.

Speaking on GBC’s Current Affairs Programme, ‘News Special’, the Presidential Candidate of the IPP, Kofi Akpaloo, said he did not flout any law in filling his forms.

He said the EC has no basis to disqualify him.

A legal Practitioner, Kwame Waja called for a judicial review into the matter.

He however said dragging the issue to court as many of the affected candidates are planning will not affect the December 7 voting date.

A Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Shaibu Yussif, described the decision of the EC as a sad one for the country’s democracy.

He was however amazed that a party as experienced as the PNC was disqualified.

Meanwhile a Governance Expert, Prof Baffour Agyeman-Dua, has commended the EC for the bold decision saying that is how an independent institution must work in a democracy.

In a related development, the police administration has deployed more personnel to the headquarters of the EC, where some disgruntled political parties Tuesday afternoon stormed to register their protest over their disqualification from contesting this year’s election.

For now security remains tight at the headquarters of the Commission and officials are going about their normal duties.

Mixed reactions have greeted the Electoral Commissions’ disqualification of twelve out of seventeen Presidential Aspirants.

Radio Ghana has sampled the views of a cross section of the public on the streets of Accra. While some are of the view that Dr Ndoum of the PPP deserves a chance to be part of the Presidential race, others agree with the EC’s decision to disqualify them saying the race is a serious one.

The disqualified 12
The twelve disqualified aspirants are Hassan Ayariga of the All People’s Congress (APC), Edward Nasigri Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Nana Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP), Kofi Apaloo of the Independent People’s Party (IPP), Kwabena Agyei of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD) and Henry Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP).

The rest are Richard Nixon Tetteh of the Unity Development System Party (UDSP), Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent candidate, and Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).

The Chairperson of EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei said the nomination forms of Kwasi Addai, also known as Odike, the 13th aspirant, could not be processed as a result of a suit filed by members of his party challenging his candidature.

She expressed the hope that it would be decided by October 14, 2016, after which the EC would not be able to process his documents.

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