EC, PNC directed to submit statements

Dr.Edward MahamaAn Accra High Court has given a 48- hour ultimatum for both counsels of the Electoral Commission (EC), and the People’s National Convention (PNC) to submit their written statement of cases.

The court presided by Mrs. Norvisi Afua Aryene further ordered  both parties to appear before her on  Friday to address the court on point of law within five  minutes each after which  a date would be set for her judgement on the matter.

The PNC have dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) to court to set aside its decision to disqualify their flagbearer.

They argue that the action by the EC infringed on fundamental human rights.

They are praying the court for a declaration that Dr. Edward Mahama’s right to administrative justice had been grievously injured by the wrongful, capricious and unreasonable conduct of the Commission.

The applicant contends that the Commission’s decision to reject his nomination amounts to a breach of natural justice as enshrined in Article 33(5) and 23 of the 1992 constitution of the country.

According to the writ the rejection restricted Dr. Mahama’s right to participate in political activities as established by Article 21(3).

It is their contention that the Commission’s conduct of allowing other candidates with errors to pass and using same grounds to reject Dr. Mahama’s nomination forms infringed on his rights to equal treatment under law and freedom of discrimination.

PNC’s flagbearer was one of the 12 aspiring presidential candidates who were disqualified on October 10, by the Commission for not meeting the requirements to contest the December polls.

 

Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

 

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