Nduom wins; disqualification quashed

Nduom wins; disqualification quashed
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Date: 28-10-2016 Time: 11:10:54:am

The Electoral Commission (EC) has been ordered by the High Court to allow the Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) to correct the mistake on his nomination papers.

The Court quashed the Commission's decision to disqualify Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom from contesting this year's election, citing errors on his nomination papers.

The Court, presided by Justice Eric Kyei Baffour dismissed as pedestrian, arguments by the EC that the Court had no power to order the Commission to perform a certain action because it is an independent institution set up by the Constitution.

He ordered the EC to in accordance with regulation 9 of CI 94 which govern this year's election, allow Dr. Nduom to amend his nomination papers and submit them.

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Dr Nduom addressing the media after the ruling 

Dr Nduom was disqualified by the EC because one of his 432 subscribers, Richard Aseda endorsed the nomination papers in two separate districts in the Central and Volta Regions.

The businessman argued he was not fairly treated because the error could easily be corrected but his appeals to the EC Chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei yielded no results.

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Excited party supporters

He, therefore, proceeded to court, challenging the legality of the decision and arguing that the EC had an obligation to have drawn his attention to the error and afford him the opportunity to correct it.

The High Court agreed and ordered the Commission to allow him to correct the error.

Dr. Nduom now stands the chance of joining four presidential candidates cleared by the EC to contest the elections. They are the NDC's John Mahama, NPP's Nana Akufo-Addo, CPP's Ivor Greenstreet and an independent candidate, Jacob Osei Yeboah.

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