Ndoum cooperating with CID

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) says it is cooperating with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service investing it for possible electoral fraud.

The PPP’s flagbearer, Dr Paa Kwesi Ndoum, was disqualified because the number of subscribers to his forms did not meet the requirements of Regulation 7 (2) (b) of CI 94.

According to EC, one of his subscribers endorsed the form with different signatures in both portions of the nomination form, raising questions as to the legitimacy of one or both signatures.

The investigation follows a complaint filed by the Electoral Commission against subscribers of eights aspirants to the CID.
The complaint was against the subscribers for the NDP, IPP, UFP, PPP, GCPP, APC, PNC and RPD.

It followed a mass disqualification of 12 presidential aspirants from contesting the December 7 polls for various reasons, including forgery, impersonation, and perjury.
But speaking in an interview Accra-based Class FM Friday, one of the lawyers for the PPP said the party “is a law-abiding entity” adding that the party “cooperated with the police”.

“We received an invitation and we have honoured the invitation. We cooperated with the police,” Felix Ograh said, declining to reveal the details of what transpired at the CID headquarters.

The Public Relations Officer for the CID, ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwa, has told that those wanted by the police are Salifu Abdulai, Adu Thomas, Alfred Yevuglo, Richard Aseda, Amadu Babia Latifa, Amadu Ayuba, Owusu Stephen, Abdulai Mariama, also known as Fusheini Mariama and Abaako Issifu.

He said Salifu of the National Democratic Party (NDP); Mariama and Owusu, both of the Reform Democratic Party (RDP) engaged in the offence of multiple registration.
Ayuba subscribed for both the People’s National Convention (PNC) and the All People’s Congress (APC), while Adu and Yevuglo subscribed for both the Independent People’s Party (IPP) and the United Front Party (UFP).
Latifa, on the other hand, subscribed for both the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) and the UFP, while Aseda subscribed twice for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).
According to ASP Darkwa, the suspects’ action had breached Article 63 of the 1992 Constitution, the Criminal Offences Act, Act 29, the Public Elections Regulations, 2016, C.I. 94 and PNDCL 284.

He said others have already appeared and have been granted bail.
“We have started investigations to the electoral breaches. Quite a number of them have reported, however, a few of them have not yet reported and we are appealing to them to report. Otherwise we will go after them, we will arrest them,” he said.

He added: “Our duty is to investigate and when we have enough evidence, we present the docket to AG’s office, and then AG will advise and direct us as to what to do, or AG will prosecute them.”

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