The National Democratic Party (NDP) has challenged the Electoral Commission to come out with additional information on why the party was disqualified from the December 7 polls.
The party’s flagbearer, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, wife of former President Rawlings, was disqualified by the Electoral Commission for failing to meet some requirements of the electoral laws.
In explaining the NDP’s disqualification, the EC explained that, “The Commission is unable to accept Mrs. Rawlings’ nomination because the number of subscribers to her forms did not meet the requirements of Regulation 7 (2) (b) of CI 94. One subscriber on page 89 of her nomination forms is not a validly registered voter, and illegally registered twice and so is on the Exclusion list of multiple voters. Details are Salifu Abdulai District: Nanumba South, Voter ID no: 6617004814 (28.3.2012), Voter ID no: 2126900022 (04.8.2014).”
But in a response, the Deputy Communications Director of the NDP, Ernest Owusu Bempah, said the EC Chair is only doing the bidding of her “pay masters”.
“This is a deliberate attempt by Charlotte Osei and the EC to disqualify us… they should clap for themselves for tarnishing the image of our multiparty democracy in the country, and deliberately running into the pockets of the government of the day and trying to please their pay masters.
“You can’t just come and disqualify somebody because you have stated reasons. This is totally unacceptable and as a party we are going to take a strong decision on this particular one and we are going to go out there and make sure that if we can fight this to the highest level; we will do that to make sure we will never allow this one to pass. It is totally unacceptable, we know as far as we are concerned as a party that, we filled the document and we provided all the information that they [EC] needed, he said
Nana Konadu was in 2012 disqualified by the Electoral Commission from contesting in the presidential elections over her inability to appropriately fill her nomination forms.