The Head of Communications at the Electoral Commission, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu has rejected claims by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) that he masterminded the disqualification of their flagbearer, Papa Kwesi Nduom from the December 7 presidential race.
The PPP’s Ayawaso West Wuogon parliamentary candidate, William Dorworkpor alleged on The Big Issue that Mr. Dzakpasu said he “would show them where power lies” because the party sued the EC in protest of the filing fees they complained was too high.
But Mr. Dzakpasu in responding to the allegation on Citi FM’s News analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday said he couldn’t have made such comment.
“I don’t know Mr. Doworkpor, I don’t know at which gathering I made such claim. I personally subscribe to the idea that there are laid down legal means of resolving electoral dispute and I think anyone who goes to court over any issue of electoral dispute has a legitimate right to do so. I’m nowhere near those who even make decisions on receipt of nominations in terms of who goes through or who does not go through. I couldn’t have said it and I didn’t say anything of that nature,” he stated.
The Policy Director for the PPP, Kofi Asamoah Siaw had also accused the EC of disqualifying its candidate because of the court case; an allegation the EC’s head of communication rejected.
“EC is made up of seven commissioners and the 7 commissioners at any point in time couldn’t have sat down to say that they are taking the PPP on,” he argued.
Nduom, 12 other presidential aspirants disqualified
The PPP’s presidential nominee was among 12 other party presidential nominees who were disqualified from the race due to errors on their nomination forms.
They have accused the EC of being bais against them.
Meanwhile, the party has vowed to fight the disqualification with all of its might in court after efforts to have the issue resolved amicably proved futile.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana