The legal tussle between the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is far from over, as the commission has filed an application at the Supreme Court to quash the High Court ruling over the disqualification of the party’s flagbearer.
The Accra High Court on October 28, ordered the EC to allow Papa Kwesi Nduom, the flagbearer of the PPP, to correct errors on his nomination forms, but the Electoral Commission having read the full judgement, decided to contest the ruling at the apex court.
“In the interest of public policy and the credibility of the electoral process, the commission has today, filed an application at the Supreme Court to quash the High Court’s decision and seek clarity on the relevant aspects of the law on candidates’ nomination,” a statement signed and issued in Accra by Eric Dzakpasu, Head of EC Communications, said.
It said the EC disagreed with the High Court judge’s decision on several essential legal and public policy grounds.
“In the interest of national peace and cohesion, we respectfully implore the Highest Court of the land to determine our application expeditiously in accordance with the earlier directive of Her Ladyship the Chief Justice and for the sake of the electoral calendar,” the statement added.
It said presidential candidates should ensure the accuracy of the information on documents which they presented under oath to public institutions.
The commission further holds that failure to place the burden on the shoulders of the candidates, would pose serious implications for the country’s democratic growth and electoral justice.
It said candidates seeking the highest office of the land should ensure that their nomination forms met the standard as required by law.
“The commission is of the firm conviction backed by law, that candidates seeking the highest office of the land must take full responsibility for ensuring that their nomination forms meet the standard in form and substance, required by law,” it said.
The commission is of the view that falsified signatures on nomination forms constitute a matter for criminal investigation and are not mere anomalies or clerical errors, which should be pointed out to the candidates for corrections to be effected.
By Malik Sullemana