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Threats from disqualified parties won’t distract EC – Dzakpasu

Threats of court action against the Electoral Commission (EC) by disqualified presidential hopefuls would not distract the commission from carrying out its work.

Spokesperson of the commission, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Programme Wednesday said that the commission is still focused on working to organize the elections on December 7th.

The EC has been threatened with law suits by political parties and individuals whose nomination forms were rejected by the commission for failing to meet one requirement or the other on the form.

The disqualified aspirants include Dr Edward Mahama of the People's National Convention (PNC); Dr Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP); Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People's Party (IPP); Kwabena Adjei of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD); and Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People's Party (PPP).

The others are: Dr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP); Mr Richard Nixon Tetteh (United Development Systems Party); Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP); Thomas Ward-Brew of the Democratic People's Party (DPP); Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent candidate; and Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).

Mr Akwasi Addae Odike of the United Progressive Party's nomination is on hold pending a court case.


Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the PPP and Mrs Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the NDP have threatened to sue the EC if they are not afforded the opportunity to rectify the errors on their forms after 24 hours.

Dzakpasu however claimed that he was not privy to any letter or suit served the commission by the disqualified aspirants or their lawyers.

“We are done with the nominations and are on course working to organize the elections on December 7th which is the constitutionally mandated date…,” he said.

According to him, the commission will only react to the threats after being served reliefs from the individuals or their lawyers.

“We don’t know the kind of reliefs they would take to court so we can’t give speculative answer to a speculative situation…,” he added.

Source: adomonline.com
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