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General News Sat, 15 Oct 2016

Does the EC have the power to disqualify presidential aspirants? - George Loh asks

A lawyer with the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is in doubt as to whether the EC exercised sound legal judgment in disqualifying 12 presidential aspirants from running.

Mr George Loh wonders whether the Constitution allowed the Electoral Commission to, on the basis of errors and mistakes, disqualify persons from contesting elections without affording them an opportunity to correct the errors as required by law.

The elections governing body, the EC, Monday this week, shocked the nation by cutting down the number of presidential candidates from a possible 17 to four.

It cited clear errors, mistakes and fraud for its decision.

But many of the candidates have accused the EC of vindictiveness, bias and plain lawlessness and are heading to Court for redress.

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The Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has filed a case in court challenging his disqualification.

He was disqualified because one of the 432 subscribers, Richard Aseda, endorsed the nomination papers in two different districts – one in the Central region and the other in the Volta Region.

The business mogul argues that the EC had a duty to give him an opportunity amend his nomination papers and correct the error.

He cited Regulation 9 of the Constitutional Instrument (CI 94) which guides the conduct of the 2016 elections.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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