NDP not giving up on EC disqualification

NDP not giving up on EC disqualification
Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com
Date: 27-10-2016 Time: 08:10:27:pm

The National Democratic Party (NDP) has filed an action against the Electoral Commission (EC) for what it describes as the violation of its rights. 

A release signed by its Secretary General, Mohammed Frimpong, Thursday said the Party was stirred as a result of what it describes as a blatant violation of  the Party’s rights for refusing to accept its Nomination Forms  as well as disqualifying its candidate for contesting in the December Presidential Election.

An Accra High Court presided over by Justice Goerge Koomson struck out the suit on procedural grounds.

He explained that it is against procedures of court to file a joint application praying for the EC's decision to be reviewed and at the same time demand for the enforcement of the Presidential candidate's fundamental human right to vote and be voted for.

He described the suit as incompetent and the court also fined the applicants GHC10,000.

However, the release assured "all Ghanaians and our teeming supporters that this matter is not over, not by a long shot." 

“We shall continue to fight to ensure that persons in public offices respect the Commission of the land and laws that are passed to protect ordinary citizens from arbitrariness, capriciousness and prejudice and actions that breach the due process of the law  and requirement imposed by law.”

The EC disqualified 13 Presidential aspirants including NDP candidate Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings for the December Polls.

Chairperson of the Commission, Charlotte Osei said the disqualified aspirants did not meet the criteria for filing as presidential candidates.

The rejected political parties are; Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), United Progressive Party (UPP), Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and the Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP).

The rest include; United Front Party (UFP), All People’s Congress (APC), National Democratic Party (NDP), and the Independent People’s Party (IPP).

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