The High Court hearing the Progressive People’s Party’s suit against the Electoral Commission over the disqualification of its flagbearer, Dr Paa Kwesi Ndoum, from contesting the 2016 election has set Friday, October 28 for judgement.
The presiding judge, Justice Kyei Baffuor, adjourned the case to Friday for judgment after hearing the oral submissions of counsel for the plaintiff and the defendant.
Lawyer Nii Ayikoi Otoo, attorney for the plaintiff, in his submission, challenged the disqualification of Dr Ndoum, arguing that the EC’s own laws do not allow disqualification.
“The law says the returning officer shall inform the nominee to make amendments,” he said, adding that the word ‘shall’ mandates the EC to notify candidates who may have challenges on their forms.
But the counsel for the EC, Thaddeus Sory, prayed the Court to throw out the suit by the PPP for failing to go through the right procedure.
He said the applicants should have come before the court with a petition, rather than a certiorari.
He further said the court that it had no powers to order it to accept nominations forms by the PPP.
The EC disqualified 12 presidential nominees for various infractions in the filing forms ahead of the December vote. Several of the disqualified candidates are challenging the disqualification in court.