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General News Sat, 22 Oct 2016

8 disqualified aspirants hot but Nana Konadu upbeat about winning case against EC

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has turned the heat on eight disqualified presidential candidates whose subscribers committed various offences while endorsing their nomination forms.

They are likely to be charged with abetment of crime after investigations, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Mr Prosper Kwame Agblor, revealed in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra.

“The presidential candidates were the ones who presented the nomination forms in contention to the Electoral Commission (EC). They will be charged with abetment of crime if investigations conclude that they are culpable,” Mr Agblor noted.

Mr Agblor said Kofi Akpalu of the Independent People’s Party (IPP) has reported to the police, while Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP); Dr Nana Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP) and Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) were yet to do so.

The rest who are yet to report are: Mr Henry Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP); Mr Hassan Ayariga of the All People’s Congress (APC); Dr Edward Nasigri Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and Mr Kwabena Adjei of the Reform Patriotic Democrats (RPD).

Mr Agblor said his outfit had extended invitation to the candidates to report to the CID for questioning and accordingly advised them to voluntarily show up to avoid arrest.

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Background

The EC, on Monday, October 10, 2016, disqualified 12 presidential aspirants from contesting the December 7, 2016 elections for various reasons ranging from forgery, impersonation to perjury.

Three days later, it forwarded a complaint against the subscribers for eight aspirants to the CID for investigations.

Wanted persons

The EC’s complaint to the CID was against the subscribers for the NDP, IPP, UFP, PPP, GCPP, APC, PNC and RPD.

The EC boss, Mrs Charlotte Osei, has submitted a written statement to the police.

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She presented her statement on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Nine subscribers

Meanwhile, the CID is on the heels of nine people who allegedly committed various forms of fraud in endorsing the nominations of eight presidential aspirants to contest the December 7 polls.

According to the CID, although the leadership of the affected political parties had given an assurance that they would produce the culprits, they had failed to do so.

Those wanted by the police are Salifu Abdulai, Adu Thomas, Alfred Yevuglo, Richard Aseda, Amadu Babia Latifa, Amadu Ayuba, Owusu Stephen, Abdulai Mariama, also known as Fusheini Mariama, and Abaako Issifu.

Source: Graphic.com.gh
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