Here’s Why EC Disqualified Nduom, 12 Other Presidential Aspirants

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Here’s the full statement on the reasons EC disqualified Nduom, Konadu and other political aspirants

The Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday [Monday], disqualified Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of National Democratic Party (NDP) and 11 others.

See: Konadu’s Reaction to EC’s Disqualification of Her Candidature

This has led to agitations among the affected political parties, most of whom have opined that the EC’s act is an abuse of power. The EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, who made the announcement at a news conference, said those disqualified failed to meet the necessary requirements, hence their ineligibility to contest.

Having given a detailed statement on the key criteria for Presidential Candidates, the commission has also stated the grounds on which the respective candidates were disqualified. And so, if you have been wondering about the reasons EC disqualified the candidates; here is a detailed statement from the Commission regarding the APC’s Ayariga, PPP’s Nduom, NDP’s Konadu, PNC’s Edward Mahama and others’ disqualification [see full list here].

According to some sections in the statement, these are the reasons EC disqualified some aspirants:

  • Hassan Ayariga – All Peoples’ Congress (APC)

The Commission is unable to accept Dr. Ayariga’s nomination for the following reason:

1. The candidate did not provide evidence on his statutory declaration as to his hometown or residence in the constituency as per the legal requirements.

94. Two subscribers to Dr. Ayariga’s nominations also subscribed for another presidential candidate. This is in breach of Regulation 7(4) of CI 94. The implication is that the two subscribers are disqualified and therefore, Dr. Ayariga does not have the requisite number of subscribers under Regulation 7(2) (b) of CI 94. The details of the duplicate subscribers are as follows:

  • Abaako Issifu (page 103); Voter ID number 2988006876; PS code: J110202.
  • Abudu Ayuba (page 95); Voter ID number 6303005554; PS code: H200201.

In addition, the signatures of both voters are different on the two nomination forms. This raises questions as to the legitimacy of those signatures.

We will refer the matter of the possible forgeries of these signatures to the Ghana Police Service and the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution in line with the following sections of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29):

Section 211: Perjury
Section 248: making false declaration etc. for office or voting;
Section 251: Deceiving a public officer
Section 256: Corruption, Intimidation and personation in respect of election

  •  Edward Nasigri Mahama – PNC

The Commission is unable to accept Dr. Mahama’s nomination for the following reasons:
Many subscribers did not properly sign the forms. Thumbprints, signatures or marks were omitted all together. For instance, no signatures on Page 16, 24, 28.

1. Two subscribers to Dr. Mahama’s nominations also subscribed for another presidential candidate. These are:

  • Abaako Issifu (page 103); Voter ID number 2988006876; PS code: J110202.
  • Abudu Ayuba (page 95); Voter ID number 6303005554; PS code: H200201.

As stated earlier, the signatures of both voters are different on the two nomination forms. This raises questions as to the legitimacy of those signatures.

We will refer the matter of the possible forgeries of these signatures to the Ghana Police Service and the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution in line with the following sections of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29):



Section 211: Perjury
Section 248: making false declaration etc. for office or voting;
Section 251: Deceiving a public officer
Section 256: Corruption, Intimidation and personation in respect of election

2.  For a large majority of subscribers, the signature portion was ticked rather than subscribed with a signature, thumb print or mark.

It is important to point out that a simple tick does not satisfy the requirements of the law for where a mark is made in lieu of a signature or thumb print.

A mark in law is “an X made by a person who is illiterate or too weak to sign his/her full name.” According to the Free Law Dictionary, “On the rare occasion that this occurs, the “X” should be within or next to2 `1 a notation” indicating the person’s name or formally witnessed by another person to make the mark valid. Accordingly, the Commission is unable to accept mere ticks, which have not been properly, witnessed as legitimate marks made by voters subscribing to Dr. Mahama’s forms.

In conclusion, Dr. Mahama does not have the requisite number of subscribers required under Regulation 7(2) (b) of CI 94 and his nomination cannot therefore be accepted

  • Papa Kwesi Nduom – Progressive People’s Party (PPP)

The Commission is unable to accept Dr. Nduom’s nomination because the number of subscribers to his forms did not meet the requirements of Regulation 7 (2) (b) of CI 94. The details are as follows:

  • One subscriber Richard Aseda (‘Asida’ on the Voters’ Register), with Voter ID no 7812003957) endorsed the forms in two different districts (pages 21 and 39).

The subscriber was found to be on the Voter’s Register in one district thereby disqualifying his second subscription and reducing the total number of subscribers to below the minimum required by the Law.

The same subscriber (Richard Aseda (‘Asida’) endorsed the form with different signatures in both portions of the nomination form. This raises questions as to the legitimacy of one or both signatures.

We will refer the matter of the possible forgery of the signature(s) to the Ghana Police Service and the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution in line with the following sections of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29):

Section 211: Perjury

Section 248: making false declaration etc. for office or voting;

Section 251: Deceiving a public officer

Section 256: Corruption, Intimidation and personation in respect of election.

  • Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings – National Democratic Party

The Commission is unable to accept Mrs. Rawlings’ nomination because the number of subscribers to her forms did not meet the requirements of Regulation 7 (2) (b) of CI 94.

One subscriber on page 89 of her nomination forms is not a validly registered voter and illegally registered twice and so is on the Exclusion list of multiple voters. Details are:

  • Salifu Abdulai; District: Nanumba South; Voter ID no: 6617004814 (28.3.2012); Voter ID no: 2126900022 (04.8.2014).