Nduom’s case continues as EC maintains it cannot be ordered to accept his nomination form
Disqualified Presidential aspirant of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has continued to contest his disqualification by the Electoral Commission (EC) from contesting for the presidential seat. The EC on October 10, disqualified PPP’s Kwesi Nduom, NDP’s Konadu Agyeman and 11 other presidential aspirants [See Full List].
This however, led to agitations among the affected political parties with most of them arguing that the EC’s action is an abuse of power. For Nduom, the EC stated he was disqualified due to some anomalies in the filling of his nomination forms. However, to contest their Flagbearer’s disqualification, the PPP filed a suit against the EC challenging the EC’s decision to disqualify their presidential aspirant, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom from the presidential race..
At the first hearing on October 20, lawyer for the Electoral Commission (EC), Thaddeus Sory, moved a motion for abridgment of time. He had argued that the EC needed to print ballot papers and other Electoral materials so they wanted the matter to be heard as early as possible. This was in reaction to the PPP’s writ, which prayed the court to restrain the Commission from proceeding with balloting for positions for presidential candidates ahead of the 2016 polls.
Court on October 20 granted the application by the EC to abridge the time for the hearing of the injunction suit from going ahead with the processes to conduct elections in December. The court set out Tuesday October 25 for another hearing.
EC Resists Nduom’s case
The EC has however said it cannot be ordered by a court to accept Nduom’s nomination form. According to Sory, the commission is an independent body therefore, it cannot take instructions from any other body.
The Court is yet to give her ruling on Nduom’s case which is still far from closure. Hundreds of PPP supporters had thronged court premises ahead of the hearing, to show support for their candidate.
Nduom has tried all possible means including faulting the EC over errors they made on his filing fee receipt, to get the commission to rescind their decision. But the EC boss Charlotte Osei, has remained adamant towards reviewing his disqualification. We continue to wait to see how things would eventually turn out.