Court orders EC to allow Hassan Ayariga amend nomination forms

Court orders EC to allow Hassan Ayariga amend nomination forms

An Accra High Court has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to allow the flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga to correct errors on his nomination form.

The court presided over by Justice Babara Charway said the EC acted unfairly in disqualifying Mr. Ayariga.

The judge also indicated that the Commission should have been more patient in dealing with the matter.

The ruling follows a similar order which was given by an Accra High court to the EC to allow the flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom who was among 11 others who were disqualified from the presidential race, to amend his nomination form.

Background

Hassan Ayariga was disqualified from the contest because some of the subscribers to his nomination also endorsed other candidates in the contest.

Lawyers for the APC had earlier in court accused the EC of deliberately disqualifying Hassan Ayariga.

The lawyers argued that the EC on the day of filing their nomination form allowed them to correct some errors on it but failed to give them an opportunity to correct the errors the EC used as basis for invalidating Ayariga’s nomination.

Hassan Ayariga blames NCCE for his disqualification

Hassan Ayariga had earlier blamed the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for his disqualification from the 2016 presidential.

Ayariga said the NCCE failed in its duties to educate electorates well enough hence the mistakes on the nomination form.

“Given the doubt that whatever the EC said was true, I am coming from the PNC and there are members of the PNC that have moved from the PNC to ignorantly do those common mistakes. It is the duty of the NCCE to have educated the people on how to subscribe so for us that fault does not lie on political parties but the NCCE, which Charlotte Osei was the former boss.”

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