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General News of Saturday, 29 October 2016

Source: adomonline.com

Nduom reacts to court ruling

Flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has described the ruling by an Accra High Court against the Electoral Commission [EC] as fair practice of our democracy.

The PPP last week filed an application at the High Court to set aside the EC’s decision to disqualify its flagbearer, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, from contesting in the 2016 presidential election race.

He was part of 13 aspirants disqualified from contesting in the elections over alleged illegalities on their nomination forms.

But the court, on Friday, October 28th, ordered the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, to grant Dr Nduom the opportunity to amend and alter the anomaly for which he was disqualified as well as accept his nomination forms as amended to enable him contest the elections.

According to the trial judge, Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, the EC breached the law of natural justice in disqualifying Dr Nduom from the race, and, therefore, asked the election management body to allow the PPP Flagbearer make the necessary corrections on his nomination forms.

Victory for Democracy

Speaking to the media minutes after the ruling, Dr. Nduom said;

“Everybody should know that we took this action because the situation is beyond me. It is not Papa Kwesi Nduom or the Progressive People’s Party, this is a matter that is important for our democracy, development, freedom particularly our human rights and I believe that it is those rights that have been restored by the courts today. I’m very grateful to the judge for understanding the arguments that our lawyers have made. I’m happy for the Progressive People’s Party, to all our supporters, and especially for the prayers that they have offered on my behalf” .