A High Court in Accra has directed the Electoral Commission (EC) to allow the presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, to rectify some errors made on the nomination forms submitted by the candidate.
The presiding judge ruled that the Commission had, by not allowing the PPP flagbearer to correct the mistakes before announcing his disqualification, breached the constitution.
The judge added that after the changes are made, the EC would then be able to decide whether Nduom had fulfilled all the requirements to be allowed to contest the presidential polls in December.
Cheers broke out from hundreds of PPP supporters who had gathered outside the courtroom after the ruling with many of them singing and chanting.
According to the judge, the EC failed to clearly state the period for candidates to file their nomination rendering the argument that the parties that submitted their forms late could not be given a chance to correct the errors as void.
The lawyer for the plaintiff, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, in his submission had 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.
Nduom is expected to address the press later has already indicated that he believes he will be on the ballot for the elections.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana