The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is certain of maneuverings to ensure that its presidential candidate, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom does not partake in the forthcoming December 7 presidential race.
“We are becoming more convinced that somebody doesn’t want Nduom’s picture on the ballot,” the party’s policy advisor, Kofi Asamoah Siaw said Monday in an interview with Citi FM.
Following the disqualification of its presidential nominee from the presidential race by the Electoral Commission over anomalies with his nominations form, the party sued the commission at the High Court seeking “an order of prohibition to restrain the EC from proceeding with balloting for position of presidential candidates for the 7th December elections.”
The High court on Friday October 28, 2016 ruled that Nduom’s disqualification by the commission was inappropriate, ordering it afford Nduom the opportunity to make the necessary corrections on his nomination form.
The court presided by His Lordship Eric Kyei Baffour thus quashed the disqualification of all the presidential candidates.
But, the commission on Monday 31 october, 2016 filed an appeal, challenging the ruling of His Lordship Kyei Baffour.
It said in a statement that “the Electoral Commission has completed a review of the judgment of the High Court, Accra dated 28th October, 2016 in the case of the Republic v Mrs. Charlotte Osei & Electoral Commission; Ex parte Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, numbered GT1401/2016.
“Having carefully studied the contents of the judgment, we respectfully disagree with the High Court judge’s decision on several essential legal and public policy grounds.”
The statement added that “the Commission is of the firm conviction backed by the law, that candidates seeking the highest office of the land, must take full responsibility for ensuring that their nomination forms meet the standard in form and substance, required by the law.”