Court to hear PPP’s disqualification case today

Dr. Nduom (left) and EC Chair Charlotte Osei

An Accra High court will today open hearing into the case filed by the PPP seeking to restrain the Electoral Commission from going ahead with balloting for positions for presidential candidates in the upcoming polls.

The party is also challenging the disqualification of its Presidential candidate by the electoral commission.

In a suit, the party is asking the court for “an order of prohibition to restrain the EC from proceeding with balloting for position of presidential candidates for the 7th December elections.

“…a further order directed against the 1st Respondent in her capacity as Returning Officer for Presidential elections to grant the Applicant the opportunity to amend and alter the one anomaly found in his nomination papers as well as accept his nomination papers as amended or altered to enable him contest as a Presidential Candidate for the 7th December 2016 elections.

“Hon. J. Ayikoi Otoo, Counsel for and on behalf of the applicant, will move this Honourable Court praying for an order for Judicial Review by way of Certiorari to bring to this Court the decision of the Respondents dated 10th October, 2016, which disqualified the Applicant as a Presidential Candidate for the 2016 General Elections, for purposes of having same quashed upon the grounds of… (1) Breach of the rules of natural justice (2) Error apparent on the face of the record and (3) Failing to live the requirement as imposed by law”.

Flagbearer of the PPP Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom and 11 others were disqualified from contesting the December polls due to anomalies found in their filing forms.


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