Election 2016 Feel free to go to court - EC tells disqualified aspirants

The EC on Monday announced the disqualification of 12 candidates for their inability to meet the EC requirements.

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The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei has said she is unfazed by the legal threats issued by some disqualified aspirants ahead of the polls.

According to her, the aggrieved parties can go to court if they feel they deserve another chance.

The EC on Monday announced the disqualification of 12 candidates including The Peoples National Convention’s (PNC) Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama, the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP)’s Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum, the All Peoples Congress, Hassan Ayariga, and the National Democratic Party (NDP)’s Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings for failing to meet the criteria for filing as president. 

Many of the affected candidates, including the National Democratic Party and the All People’s Congress, have threatened to sue the EC over the move.

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But addressing journalists in the Northern Region, the Chair of the EC, Charlotte Osei, said her outfit is not perturbed as it followed due process in disqualifying the aspirants.

"You want to take time to read the reasons for the disqualification and study the law and see whether the actions are in line with the law or not. If they are not, surely the courts are there.

"We enforce the law as the law is, as passed by Parliament, not as we want it to be.

"The law says one voter cannot endorse more than one candidate. That is the law. The MPs we all voted into Parliament passed that law. We work with that law.

"Political parties have access to the register. If candidates want the register, they have access to the register to do their own checks."

Meanwhile, the disqualified flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has requested that he be given just five minutes with the Electoral Commission (EC) to iron out "administrative" and "clerical" errors over which his nomination was rejected. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Dr Nduom said he is expecting a response to his request from the EC by Thursday or else he might be forced to seek legal redress.



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