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General News Sat, 22 Oct 2016

Konadu upbeat about winning case against EC

The disqualified presidential aspirant of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, says she is confident she will emerge victorious in the legal suit challenging the Electoral Commission for disqualifying her from contesting the December 7 presidential election.

Addressing the Central Regional Queenmothers Association in Cape Coast yesterday, she said her strong optimism was based on the solid case the party had brought against the EC in court.

The NDP is the latest party to throw its hat into the ring of lawsuits as it has sued the commission two days after the electoral body had rejected the party’s plea to reinstate its flag bearer, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, as presidential candidate.

The NDP is seeking to get its candidate reinstated and also asking the court for an injunction to restrain the EC from going ahead with its programme towards the elections until the final determination of the case.

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The EC has been embroiled in some legal battles after it disqualified 12 political parties on Monday, October 10 for failing to comply with all the requirements in the Constitutional Instrument (C.I. 94).

The EC explained that it was unable to accept the nomination of the NDP flag bearer because the number of subscribers who endorsed her nomination fell short of the required 432 valid voters captured in C.I.94.

However, Nana Konadu said her strong conviction had made her to continue the campaign across the length and breadth of the country to persuade the electorate to vote massively for her.

“We are convinced in our minds that we have a very good case in court so there is no ‘in case we lose the court case”, Nana Konadu said when the Daily Graphic sought to know from her what would be her next line of action if she lost the case.

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She was of the impression that she was being frustrated because the system feared that “the rod of accountability will be stretched at them” if she won the forthcoming election.

She said her major motivation to engage in active politics was to help clean what she described as the rot in society and deliver the country from “squalor and endemic poverty.”

During her interaction with the queenmothers, Nana Konadu urged them to collaborate with her “in this exercise.

“I am not in politics because of what to eat and wear or because of shelter, but to create opportunity for majority of Ghanaians, particularly women and children,” she said

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Economy

Nana Konadu said the economic situation was having dire consequences on the people; old or young; women and men and stressed the need for the queenmothers to support her to reverse the negative trend.

“Our graduates who are unemployed are on every corner of the street struggling to survive, while our young girls are getting pregnant indiscriminately. There is the need for our queens to be resolute, strong to speak on the issues regularly.

“Despite the amount of money that is being used to influence the people, you should not stop making your voice loud, ” she said.

She accused the government of doing “everything haphazardly”, saying that most international businesses were relocating to countries such as Togo and Cote d’Ivoire because of unfair economic and business policies of the government.

Nana Konadu said there must be a synergy between the academia and industry, adding “l would introduce various interventions aimed at lessening the burden on the youth.

Prostitution

She said many of the young girls were engaged in prostitution largely because of the hard economic situation in the country, adding “ I meet those young girls around Cantonment, saying HIV is real.”

Source: Graphic.com.gh
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