9:36, 16.Apr 2016
The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana displayed bias towards the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during the vetting of his nomination forms while it saw it fit to disqualify presidential aspirants of some other political parties, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has said.
The PPP was one of the political parties that had their flag bearers disqualified over several infractions on their nominations forms. The party has served notice of challenging the EC’s decision to disqualify Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom in court.
The other disqualified aspirants include the flag bearer of the All People's Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga; Dr Edward Mahama of the People's 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); and Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP).
Others include: Dr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP); Mr Richard Nixon Tetteh (United Development Systems Party); Thomas 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).
Those who qualified include Mr Akufo-Addo, John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ivor Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), and Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate.
The nomination of Mr Akwasi Addae Odike of the United Progressive Party is on hold pending a court case.
But, at a press conference organised by the PPP on Friday October 14, in Accra, the Policy Adviser of the party, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, accused the EC of being selective in the disqualification because Mr Akufo-Addo lied under oath, with regards to the declaration of his assets, a situation that should have disqualified him.
He said: “So, the question we are asking is that, why did the EC overlook this offence and pass these candidates without raising any issue? Is this not a matter of selective justice? ...The EC chairperson is a lawyer and must know this. We understand that Nana Akufo-Addo did not comply with this requirement and we cite him for false declaration, but he stands qualified per the EC’s decision as a presidential candidate. This is a clear selective application of the EC’s own laws.”