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General News of Wednesday, 9 November 2016


My disqualification injured my campaign – Nasigri Mahama

Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama has said, the disqualification by the EC injured him and hurt his campaign but he will not conclude that he has lost confidence in the electioneering body.

The EC boss he explained was trying to follow the rules which led to the various litigation between the disqualified candidates and the EC.

He said, the decision by the parties to contest their disqualification and the ruling by he judiciary shows that our institutions are at work.

The EC in October disqualified Dr. Mahama and 12 other candidates.

Chairperson of the Commission, Charlotte Osei said the disqualified aspirants did not meet the criteria for filing as presidential candidates.

The rejected political parties were; Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), United Progressive Party (UPP), Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and the Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP).

The rest include; United Front Party (UFP), All People’s Congress (APC), National Democratic Party (NDP), and the Independent People’s Party (IPP).

The parties failing to follow through the directive governing the December 7 election, got their forms rejected by the EC.

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) challenged and won their case at the Accra High Court where the EC was ordered to allow the candidate amend his forms.

However, the EC challenged the ruling at the Supreme Court where their petition was thrown out and further directed to allow the other candidates correct the anomalies on their forms.

Following the orders, 8 out of the 13 disqualified candidates managed to amend and re-submit their forms.

The parties who successfully submitted their forms include the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), National Democratic Party (NDP), All People’s Congress (APC), Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), and United Progressive Party (UPP).

The rest are the United Front Party (UFP), People’s National Convention (PNC), and an independent candidate, Asiedu Walker.

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