NC: We can’t stop aspirants’ campaigns

The vice President of Ghana’s Normalisation Committee (NC), Mrs Lucy Quist has said her outfit has no power to stop aspirants from campaigning for the position of Ghana Football Association president.

The FA seat has become vacant since FIFA banned former President Kwesi Nyantakyi for life from all football-related activities due to a documentary which exposed corruption in the game.

Former GFA Vice Presidents, Fred Pappoe and George Afriyie together with former Executive Committee member Wilfred Osei Palmer, Nana Yaw Amponsah and founder of Kumasi-based King Faisal FC, Alhaji Grunsah, have all expressed interest in replacing former boss Kwesi Nyantakyi as the next GFA president.

There have been calls from a section of Ghana football advocates who believe the NC which was formed to oversee football reforms in the country should prevent potential aspirants from campaigning as the Committee was yet to bring forth a new statute.

However, Mrs Quist has claimed that her outfit does not have the mandate to halt anyone from campaigning as it will be violation of the citizen rights.

“I can’t comment on someone’s campaign because at the end of the day, it’s a campaign so if you have money and feel like campaigning I can’t prevent it, none of us can stop it, you’re a free citizen of Ghana,” Mrs Quist stated on Asempa FM.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is when we’re done with the statutes, we’ll look at the criteria of the statutes and check whether you still want to continue or not, but as thing stands now, no aspirant has petitioned the GFA on that and quite rightly so because we are not in a position to be taking in nominations, but as for the campaign, you can’t stop any citizen of Ghana from doing so.” -Ghanasoccernet

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