EC seeks Supreme Court review of the High Court’s ruling on Nduom’s disqualification case
The Electoral Commission (EC) as a matter of fact, is not going with the ruling of the High Court which is in favour of the Flagbearer of the Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom. The EC has headed to the Supreme court to ask for a review of the High Court’s decision to reverse its disqualification of the PPP Flagbearer.
According to the Commission, it disqualified Nduom in the interest of public policy and electoral credibility.
An Accra High Court on Friday, ruled in favour of Nduom, who filed a suit against the EC challenging his disqualification from the presidential race, over some anomalies cited in his nomination forms. Lawyers of the PPP argued that the EC did not give them the opportunity to correct the errors on the nomination forms.
Fortunately for Ndoum, the Presiding judge at the High Court, His Lordship Kyei Baffuor, ruled that EC’s refusal to allow him correct the mistakes cited in his nomination forms, is a breach of the laws of natural justice. Court had quashed the disqualification and ordered the commission to allow Nduom make the necessary corrections and subsequently decide whether to take him back into the race or not.
But the EC is contesting the High Court’s ruling. In its recent statement, the EC seeks Supreme Court review, as it believes that “a judgement from the Apex Court would effectively bring finality to the issue once and for all”.
The Commission had earlier said it cannot be pushed by court into rescinding its decision. The EC had said it is an independent body hence, cannot take instructions from any other body.
We continue to wait to see how the Apex Court handles this recent development.