Supreme Court throws out EC suit; orders it to extend nomination period to tomorrow
The Supreme Court has dismissed the EC’s suit challenging the High Court ruling asking it to allow the PPP’s presidential candidate Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom to correct his nomination form errors.
The Seven-member panel in the ruling asked the election management body to extend the nomination period to November 8 and allow the parties to correct their mistakes in order to contest the polls.
“EC ordered to extend close of nomination period from today Monday to Tomorrow Tuesday, and invite all disqualified aspirants and afford them a hearing towards necessary corrections on their nomination forms.
All pending cases on disqualification of aspirants stayed. EC to comply with orders with IMMEDIATE EFFECT,” the Supreme Court presided over by Justice, Sophia Adinyira ruled.
The EC disqualified Dr, Papa Kwesi Nduom and 12 other people from the December polls for various errors detected in their nominations.
But the High Court presided by Justice Kyei Baffuor ruled that the EC was unfair in the decision.
The court said the commission failed to set a nomination period for the submission of the forms.
The judges also said a nomination period would have determined the final day for the submission of the forms and given the EC legitimate basis to reject forms not properly filled.