EC begins parliamentary balloting today

EC begins parliamentary balloting today

The Electoral Commission will begin the balloting of parliamentary candidate today as it battles an injunction on a similar exercise on the presidential balloting in court today.

In addition, the commission will also discuss with the parliamentary nominees other matters related to the election.

The commission last week disqualified 13 presidential candidates over various infractions prompting a court suit from the PPP, NDP and GCPP.

The presidential nominees disqualified included flag bearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga; Dr Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC); Dr Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP); and Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People’s Party (IPP); Kwabena Adjei of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD).

The others were: Dr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP); Mr Richard Nixon Tetteh (United Development Systems Party); Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP); Thomas Ward-Brew of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP); Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent candidate, and Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP). Mr Akwasi Addae Odike of the United Progressive Party’s nomination is on hold pending a court case.

Meanwhile, the Chief Justice has urged judges to sit daily on the multiple suits filed against the EC so as to meet the December 7 timetable.

“By virtue of the powers conferred on her by order 79 of the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2004 (C.I 47), the Lady Chief Justice has also directed that the judges hear these election-related cases on a day-to-day basis including weekends, but excluding public holidays from 9.00am to 6:00pm, until the cases are finally disposed of,” Judicial Secretary Justice Alex B. Poku- Acheampong said in a statement.

She also asked the courts to prioritise electoral cases over other pending cases in the court.

“This authorization and directive from the Hon. Lady Chief Justice takes effect from Tuesday, October 18, 2016, until otherwise varied or cancelled,” the statement added.

The Chief Justice has selected 17 specialized courts across the country to handle electoral disputes that may come up before the December 7, 2016, presidential and parliamentary elections.

Abu Mubarik/Ghanadecides.com

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