16:24, 30.Sep 2016
The Electoral Commission (EC) must be called to take appropriate action regarding the disqualification of some presidential aspirants to prevent any turmoil, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has admonished.
The party, whose flag bearer was part of the aspirants whose nominations were rejected by the commission, argued that the EC faulted in disqualifying Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom.
According to the policy advisor of the party, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, who addressed a press conference in Accra on Friday, October 14, “The commission is out of control and could plunge this country into chaos and we need to take steps to reverse this trend.”
The Commission said it was unable to accept Dr Nduom’s nomination because the number of subscribers to his forms did not meet the requirements of Regulation 7(2) (b) of CI 94, citing the details below:
1. One subscriber Richard Aseda (‘Asida’ on the Voters’ Register), with Voter ID no 7812003957) endorsed the forms in two different districts (pages 21 and 39).
The subscriber was found to be on the Voter’s Register in one district thereby disqualifying his second subscription and reducing the total number of subscribers to below the minimum required by the Law.
The same subscriber (Richard Aseda (‘Asida’) endorsed the form with different signatures in both portions of the nomination form. This raises questions as to the legitimacy of one or both signatures.
The EC said they will refer the matter of the possible forgery of the signature(s) to the Ghana Police Service and the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution in line with the following sections of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29):
Section 211: Perjury
Section 248: making false declaration etc. for office or voting;
Section 251: Deceiving a public officer
Section 256: Corruption, Intimidation and personation in respect of election.
But the party maintained that the mistakes were only administrative errors that could be corrected and does not form the grounds on which Dr Nduom should be disqualified.
To them, the “EC commissioners are vindictive,” he stated, adding: “This was an unfair treatment and the EC cannot tell us that this was not a simple mistake.”
They have, therefore, entreated the National Chief Imam, the Christian Council of Ghana, the National Peace Council, and the Ghana Bar Association to “call the EC to order” for a successful election to be held with Dr Nduom as one of the candidates.