PPP, EC clash today

An Accra High Court will this morning, hear a case brought against the Electoral Commission (EC) by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) over the disqualification of its flag-bearer Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom.

The PPP has dragged the EC to court for an order restraining it from proceeding with balloting for the placement of presidential candidates for the December 7 election.

The exparte motion by Dr. Nduom is invoking the orders of the court for a judicial review by way of certiorari and prohibition.

According to Ayikoi Otoo, lawyer for the applicant, the disqualification should be nullified for it breached the rules of natural justice.

The lawyer avowed that the decision was based on error apparent on the face of the record and that the EC failed to live within the requirement as imposed by law.

The application filed on October 14, prayed the court to order the EC boss to grant Dr. Nduom an opportunity to amend and alter the anomaly found on his nomination papers to enable him to contest the election.

The EC on October 10, disqualified Dr. Nduom from the presidential race on the grounds that one of the subscribers endorsed his forms both in the Volta and Central Regions.

Twelve others including the People’s National Convention (PNC), National Democratic Party (NDP) and All People’s Congress (APC) as well as other independent candidates were disqualified for errors.


By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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