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EC disqualifies thirteen presidential aspirants

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The Electoral Commission has disqualified Hassan Ayariga’s All Progressive Congress (APC), the People’s National Convention (PNC), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and other parties from contesting in the December elections.

In all, thirteen presidential aspirants have been disqualified.

The Electoral Commission Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, who made the announcement at a news conference today [Monday], said those disqualified failed to meet the necessary requirements that makes them eligible to contest. There were different reasons for which each of the parties were disqualified.

All the parties were supposed to submit their filing fees by midday today [Monday], after an Accra High court dismissed an injunction suit filed by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in protest against the fees.

The other disqualified parties are the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), the Independent People’s Party (IPP) led by Kofi Akpalu, Democratic People’s Party (DPP), led by Ward Brew, and Akua’s Donkor’s Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).

Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings’ National Democratic Party (NDP), has also been disqualified for the second time.


An Independent Candidate, Alfred Asiedu Kwame Walker, has also been disqualified.

The PPP had argued that, the GHc50, 000 and GHc10, 000 filing fees for both presidential and parliamentary hopefuls was too high.

The Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD) led by Kwabena Adjei was also disqualified from the race.

The Convention People’s Party’s (CPP) participation, which was earlier in limbo after it failed to meet the deadline for the submission of the filing fees, has been cleared to participate.

The CPP thus joins the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress, and Jacob Osei Yeboah, as the only qualified independent presidential candidate.

Source: citifmonline.com
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