Reports that EC disqualified 24 Parliamentary nominees have raised a lot of eyebrows among political stakeholders
Controversy ensues following reports that the Electoral Commission (EC) disqualified 24 Parliamentary nominees in the Ashanti Region. Reports making rounds in the media indicate that out of the 240 aspirants who filed their nomination on Friday, only 216 were cleared to represent their respective political parties as Parliamentary candidates in the elections.
These reports come after the Commission disqualified 13 Presidential aspirants from the December polls. The EC on Monday, disqualified National Democratic Party’s (NDP) Nana Konadu Rawlings, Progressive People’s Party’s (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, and 11 other aspirants from contesting in the December elections.
While the dust from the unwelcome development is yet to settle, new reports of another disqualification emerge. The 24 aspirants were reportedly disqualified on various grounds of inappropriate completion of their forms.
EC Denies Reports
However, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Lawrence Sarpong, has denied the disqualification of 24 MP aspirants in the Ashanti Region. Reacting to the reports, he said he is not aware of the development. According to him, he sent all 240 applications to Accra, and has not received any information from Accra regarding the matter.
About 240 aspirants from 12 political parties have filed to contest the 47 parliamentary seats in the region. 19 aspirants out of the 240 are contesting as independent candidates. But reports have continued to surface, maintaining that the EC disqualified 24 out of the MP aspirants.
Meanwhile, some of the disqualified Presidential aspirants have continued to protest their disqualification. Some of the aggrieved parties have issued legal threats against the EC, in a bid to get them to reverse their decision. But the Commission has maintained their stand on the issue, saying they are ready to face them in court.