EC reports 13 presidential aspirants to police

A member of the Electoral Commission, Rebecca Kabuki Adjalo, says the Presidential and Parliamentary nominees had ample time to fill and submit their forms.

Reacting to issues bordering on the disqualification of some Presidential nominees, she said the office of the President and Parliamentarian are serious, therefore the time frame of between the 13th and 30th of last month was enough for the nominees to have been endorsed and presented their forms.

Madam Adjalo also noted that most of the infractions that led to the disqualification of some Presidential candidates bothered on forgery and criminality.

Madam Adjalo noted that the Commission has begun the process of prosecuting those found culpable of breaching the law during filing of the forms.

She said the Commission has reported and forward the details to the CID and the Attorney General for advice and subsequent prosecution.

For her part the Deputy Chairperson of the EC in Charge of Corporate Services, Georgina Opoku Amankwah expressed surprise at the comments that the EC acted unfairly.

She said the Commission gave the parties ample time to submit the forms, adding that once the aspirants took the decision to contest they should have done their homework well.

The affected persons are flag bearers 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); Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People’s Party (IPP); Kwabena Adjei of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD); and Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

The others include: 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.

Mrs Osei cited among other things fraudulent signatures on the nomination forms.

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