Election 2016 We will withdraw suit against EC if... - PPP

Dr Nduom is seeking an injunction on the balloting “for a position of presidential candidates for the 7th December 2016”.

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The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has said it would drop the court application seeking to restrain the Electoral Commission (EC) from proceeding with balloting of presidential candidates for the polls if the Commission rescinds its decision to disqualify the party.

The party on Friday filed an application at the High Court, 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.

There are fears, particularly, by the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers that the legal battle between the PPP and the EC would affect the polls.

But the Policy Advisor of the PPP, Mr Kofi Asamoah Nsiaw said even though the party was aware of the implications of their suit, it would only drop the case out of court if the EC gives the party a second chance.

“There’s a possibility that the calendar will be affected. The commission can on its own resolve this matter outside of court by revising their decision and then we can proceed. So the issue has to do with how the EC intends to move forward with this kind of situation,” he said.

“If they want a court process obviously it will cost them some days and some weeks. If they want it outside court, we can sort it out then all of us have our peace,” Mr Asamoah told Accra-based Citi FM.

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Dr Nduom is one of 13 presidential aspirants who was disqualified in the presidential race due to some anomalies on his forms.

On reasons why the PPP’s Papa Kwesi Nduom was disqualified, the EC Chair said: “the Commission is unable to accept Dr Nduom’s nomination because again the number of subscribers in his forms did not make the requirements of regulation 7(2) of CI 94.”

The details are as follows, one subscriber, Mr Richard Aseda, with voter ID number 7812003957 endorsed Dr Nduom’s forms in the Central region and again endorsed the same forms with the same ID number in the Volta region.

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She said: “the same subscriber, Mr Richard Aseda endorsed the form with different signatures in both portions of the nomination forms. This again raises questions as to the legitimacy of one or both signatures.”

The EC Chair added, “the Commission will again refer the matter of a possible forgery of signatures to the Ghana Police Service and the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution in line with the Criminal Offence Act.”

The Electoral Commission (EC) has since reported the 13 disqualified presidential nominees to the police for the various electoral and criminal offences identified during the vetting of their nomination forms.



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