An Accra High Court has instructed the Electoral Commission (EC) to give an opportunity to the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) to correct errors on their nomination papers.
According to the judge, His Lordship George Kyei Baffour the EC did not adhere to their own regulations spelt in the Constitutional Instrument (CI 44).
“I will proceed after quashing the decision of the Respondents disqualifying the Applicant as a candidate and order that the Respondents afford opportunity to the Applicant to make the necessary alteration or amendment to its nomination paper for it to receive same and then proceed to determine whether the Applicant had met all the criteria laid down by the laws of the Republic, in line with its duty laid down by C.I. 94. EC has no basis to complain that nomination period has closed when they did not set one. They only set nomination day under regulation 7 but not nomination period under regulation 9(2) as I have already found. The time frame to afford the Applicant is entirely within the discretion of the Respondents being mindful of the limited time available for the elections on December 7, 2016,” Justice Eric K. Baffour ruled.
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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 unfairly treated because the error could easily be corrected but his appeals to the EC Chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei yielded no results.