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General News Mon, 10 Oct 2016

EC explains why PNC’s Dr Mahama was disqualified

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The People’s National Convention’s flag bearer, Dr Edward Nasigri Mahama was disqualified from contesting Election 2016 because many subscribers of his candidature did not properly sign the nomination forms.

According to the Electoral Commission (EC), “thumbprints, signatures and marks were put together. For instance on pages 16, 24 and 28 there were no signatures”, the chair of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei explained at a press conference in Accra on Monday.

“Two subscribers to Dr Mahama’s nomination also subscribed for another candidate, Hassan Ayariga of the APC. These are Adjei Issifu and Abudu Ayuba,” the EC chair said.

The EC explained that the signatures on Dr Mahama’s forms were different from those on Aryariga’s forms and raised questions on the legitimacy of the signatures.

According to the EC the matter would therefore be referred to the Ghana Police Service and the Attorney General for investigations and prosecution on grounds of forgery.

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Another reason for rejecting Dr Mahama’s nomination was that for a large majority of subscribers, the signatory portion of the forms was ticked rather than a signature, a mark or a thumbprint.

“It is important to point out that in law a simple tick does not satisfy the requirements of the law where a mark is made in lieu of a signature or a thumbprint,” she said.

The EC therefore concluded that Dr Mahama did not have the requisite number of subscribers required under regulations stipulated under C.I. 94

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Source: Graphic.com.gh
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