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Elections 2016: SC To Finish All Electoral Disqualification Cases On Monday

The Supreme Court of Ghana will on Monday, November 10, bring finality to all the suits on disqualification filed by presidential aspirants against the Electoral Commission of Ghana.

The seven-member panel at the apex court, has directed the parties, the Electoral Commission and Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party to file their written addresses by close of day today, Friday November 4.

This is to enable the court, to bring finality to the issue on Monday when it rules on the matter.

The EC has applied to the Supreme Court seeking to quash an earlier Accra High Court order which nullified the disqualification of the presidential aspirant of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, from contesting the December 7, 2016 presidential election.

The EC’s application is invoking the supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to quash the October 28, 2016 ruling of Justice Eric Kyei Baffour which directed the EC to permit Dr. Nduom to effect corrections on his nomination forms.

The EC’s application has been mounted on three grounds in the writ invoking the supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

The grounds are that the High Court committed an error of law apparent on the face of the record, that the High Court wrongly assumed jurisdiction of the matter and that the court exceeded its jurisdiction.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday will determine whether or not the two orders from the High Court should be complied with.

The ruling will as well have an effect on all other presidential disqualification cases currently pending at the High Court.

SOURCE: Daily Graphic

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