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The Electoral Commission has stated its determination to hand over to the Ghana Police Service for prosecution, individuals who endorsed nomination forms of some aspiring presidential candidates who eventually were disqualified by the commission.
The chairperson of the EC, Charlotte Osei, Monday announced the disqualification of thirteen aspiring presidential candidates whose nomination forms were endorsed by some individuals her outfit said violated the Electoral laws of Ghana. The actions of such persons border on electoral fraud.
Prominent among the disqualified candidates are Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum of the Progressive People’s Party whose nomination forms were endorsed by Richard Aseda as a representative and voter in the Volta Region and at the same time as a voter in the Central Region.
In Ghana, it is a violation of the electoral law for one person to represent two electoral areas.
The IPP’s candidate Kofi Apaloo was also disqualified because one of his subscribers was said to have endorsed for another political party.
Some of the candidates had similar problems as Hassan Ayariga of ACP and Dr. Edward Mahama of the PNC had one particular person endorsing their forms.
Backing the decision for disqualifying the candidates, Mrs. Osei said the commission will hand over the offenders to the police for further investigations and possible prosecution.
Though some candidates are threatening legal actions against the EC for for what they claimed are unfair treatments, the deputy director of public affairs directorate of the EC, Mr. Ayuba, dismissed this accusation. He explained the criteria for the process were clearly made known to the candidates.
He said if they wanted to lead the country, they should have known better the right thing to do. “If you want to lead this country, you must be the first to obey these laws”, he said.
He disclosed the commission will refund the money of the candidates who have been disqualified.