The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, has dared the disqualified presidential candidates to go to court if they are dissatisfied with the commission’s decision.
“Our legal team is prepared to meet any disqualified presidential aspirant in court,” she stated, insisting that the commission followed due process to disqualify them.
Mrs Osei was speaking during the ‘Editors Dialogue’ with EC commissioners in Tamale yesterday.
Accompanied by her two deputies and some other commissioners, she briefed the media on the activities of the commission lined up for the general elections on December 7.
The EC boss argued that the commission was working with rules and regulations enacted by Parliament and would, therefore, not entertain any aspirant who failed to meet the guidelines.
She, however, said the EC was a law-abiding institution and would abide any decision taken by the courts.
“We would not hesitate to bring on board any of the disqualified aspirants if the court says so,” Mrs. Osei emphasised.
She reiterated that reasons were assigned to the decision to disqualify some presidential aspirants, adding that “all the disqualified presidential aspirants have been written to”.
Mrs. Osei urged the media to be abreast of the electoral rules and regulations to better inform and educate the general public.
Prof. Alhassan Amin, a lecturer of the University for Development Studies (UDS), on his part, commended the EC for taking steps to ensure credible elections.
Mr. Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director of MFWA, charged the media to live up to their responsibilities, ahead of the elections.
From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale