Ayariga Questions ECs Motive For Disqualifying His Party


Disqualified presidential candidate of the All People’s Party (APC) Hassan Ayariga says Ghanaians must know what a tyrant the Electoral Commissioner is for her treatment of the party.

He says considering that the APC has been told by the Electoral Commission what corrections to effect, they are disappointed in Mrs Osei’s handling of the issue and disqualifying them from the December polls.

The Commissioner rejected Mr Ayariga’s nomination forms together with six others again on Wednesday after giving the APC opportunity to effect corrections on the forms as ordered by Supreme Court.

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and Dr Edward Mahama who were previously disqualified from contesting the presidential election were given the green light to join four other parties whose forms were passed last October.

At a news conference in Accra Wednesday, Mrs Osei announced that the Commission has rejected the nominations of eight other presidential candidates for failing to abide by the C.I.94, the law governing the December polls.

However, narrating what happened to his party on Joy News, the former flagbearer of People’s National Convention (PNC) said their disqualification has more to do about the attitude of the Commissioner and less of their ability to fill the forms.

Mr Ayariga who said he never thought of being rejected again added that per the court’s orders the party had to substitute two subscribers whom the EC said had also endorsed for other candidates.

“On Monday we rushed to the EC office to make sure that the corrections were updated.  The General Secretary and other executives of the Party had spent the whole day [at the EC office]. At 7 p.m, she [EC Chair] called them and gave them 95 anomalies saying that the signatories were inconsistent and for that matter, we should get the members to re-sign.”

Obviously shocked, he said they asked Charlotte Osei, how their two corrections had jumped to 95.

“We took the documents and went to make the corrections. We got there around 3 p.m and immediately she saw the general secretary she told him to go out and that she would call him at 5 o’clock.

“The General Secretary said no, we have come for you to check the documents so if you have issues with it, we have two hours to go back and do the corrections,” he said.

According to him, Mrs Osei got angry stating that she was not ready to see them to which the General Secretary insisted on his right of being attended to.

He said the video is available for all to see and it is fair that Ghanaians are made aware what happened leading to his disqualification.

Mr Ayariga said the APC will hold a press conference Friday to speak about its next line of action.


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