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General News of Monday, 7 November 2016


I will go to the EC to rectify my nomination forms - Akua Donkor

Presidential nominee of the Ghana Freedom Party has disclosed she will go to the Electoral Commission and rectify errors in her presidential nomination forms which led to her disqualification.

Akua Donkor says though she had given up hopes of contesting the elections on December 7 following her disqualification by the EC,the latest Supreme Court ruling means all hope is not lost for her presidential ambition.

The Supreme Court threw out a suit filed by the EC challenging an Accra High Court’s ruling asking them to allow the PPP’s presidential candidate, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom to correct his nomination form errors.

The Seven-member panel in the ruling asked the election management body to extend the nomination period to November 8 and allow the parties correct their mistakes in order to contest the polls.

The EC disqualified Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom and 12 other people from the December polls for various errors detected in their nominations.

But an Accra High Court presided over by Justice Kyei Baffuor ruled the EC was unfair in the decision.

The court said the commission failed to set a nomination period for the submission of the forms. It said a nomination period would have determined the final day for the submission of the forms and given the EC legitimate basis to reject forms not properly filled.

However Akua Donkor tells “am happy at the court’s ruling…at least it offers me the opportunity to make necessary corrections to my nomination forms.”

“I had decided not to contest the elections again so that I can support President Mahama’s campaign, but the Supreme Court rulinghas inspired hope in me,” she added.

“I can’t blame Chalotte Osei so much for my disqualification because she was only applying the law fairly but since the court has provided us with this opportunity, we will grab it.”

“I am currently in the Central Region, but I will stop whatever am doing now and rash back to Accra to work on my nomination forms,” she disclosed.

Akua Donkor has meanwhile disclosed she will be selecting a new running mate to replace the first one who was not qualified by age.

“I have a new running mate and I will outdoor her very soon. She is called Patricia and she’s a farmer.”

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