Election 2016 "EC boss is stupid and foolish" - Hassan Ayariga

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Disqualified presidential aspirant of the All People's Congress (APC) Hassan Ayariga has described the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) as "stupid" and "foolish" for disqualifying him from the 2016 presidential race.

Speaking on Accra-based Class FM, Ayariga said "Madam Charlotte Osei herself is not qualified to be an EC leader. She's stupid and foolish,"

"I am telling you she is not qualified to be an electoral commissioner. Somebody who has contested in an election in the past, you are telling me you don't know his identity? Are you normal? And for that reason you disqualify that person? Does it make sense to you? That you tell me that Hassan Ayariga, you don't know his identity? Who the f**k are you?" a very angry Ayariga asked.

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"This is the joke of the century," he added.

His comments follow the EC’s disqualification of twelve presidential nominees after filing of nominations closed today (October 10, 2016).

The presidential nominees include All Peoples Congress’s Hassan Ayariga; Dr Edward Mahama of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Dr Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP), Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People’s Party (IPP), Kwabena Adjei of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

The others include: Dr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidate Popular Party (GCPP), Richard Nixon Tetteh (United Development Systems Party), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Ward Brew of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent candidate, and Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP). Akwesi Adae Odike of the United Progressive Party’s nomination is on hold pending a court case.

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Madam Osei cited some irregularities on their forms which include fraudulent signatures,  absence of required number of signatures, the improper filing of nomination forms among others as the reasons for their disqualification.

Meanwhile, nominations of President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Akufo-Addo of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP),  Ivor Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and Jacob Osei Yeboah – an independent aspirant have been accepted by the EC.

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