Election 2016 NPP refutes PPP's EC 'favouritism' claims

At a press conference Friday, the policy adviser of the party, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, said the EC cleared the 2016 presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo, even though he did not fulfil all the requirements in his nomination forms as demanded by the EC.

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The Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has rejected allegations from the Progressive People's Party (PPP) that it was favoured by the Electoral Commission (EC) in the disqualification of presidential nominees.

At a press conference Friday, the policy adviser of the party, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, said the EC cleared the 2016 presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo, even though he did not fulfil all the requirements in his nomination forms as demanded by the EC.

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He cited the declaration of assets to back his claims.

He said, “we watched the presentation of Nana Akufo-Addo’s form to the chairperson of the commission and he told the chair that he was not going to fill the asset declaration requirement because it was not backed by law yet in that document he had declared under oath that he had done it.”

But Boadu said the law which the EC was requiring candidates to declare their assets has been repealed, rejecting claims that his party was favoured.

“We (NPP) said it openly and we did not do so (asset declaration) because we believed that the law which the EC was requiring candidates to do so had been repealed. So that thing was null and void,” he said in an with Accra-based Class FM

Boadu noted that if the presidential nominee of the PPP had been meticulous, “he wouldn’t have gone ahead to declare his assets."

“So, he rather, unfortunately, couldn’t read very well and didn’t understand that that statement that was made there as part of the requirement is a statement that has been repealed already."

“Ask him, when he was asked what appointment is he holding… Is he Papa Kwesi [Nduom] holding any appointment? Is he a public officer? Or when he was asked on that asset declaration form, what did he write? Or he wrote the date of appointment when Kufuor appointed him?

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The commission on Tuesday disqualified 13 presidential aspirants including bigwigs such as Dr Papa Kwesi Ndoum of the PPP, Dr Edward Mahama of the PNC and former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

The disqualification has generated a furious response from some aspirants, while others have threatened legal action.

The PPP on Friday dragged the commission to court seeking an injunction on the balloting for a position of presidential candidates for the 7th December 2016”.

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission is also joined to the suit as a respondent.

The counsel of Dr Nduom is also requesting that the EC Chair be directed to allow him to correct the anomaly on his nomination forms so he can contest as a presidential candidate in the upcoming December 7 polls.

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