Charlotte Osei, the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson, has justified the decision of the Commission to appeal the judgment of an Accra High Court ruling, on the disqualification of the Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP) Flagbearer, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, from the December 7th, 2016 presidential race.
Speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in the United Kingdom, Mrs. Osei stated that, the only point of contention in the disqualification issue, revolved around “how you define the nomination period.” She believes a judgment from the Supreme Court would resolve the five other lawsuits, following the disqualification of the other 12 presidential aspirants.
She said, “the decision was taken by the Commission not to accept the 13 nomination forms that were presented by the other candidates. The court has not said that those failings were not there. The dispute has been as to what is the nomination period.”
She further said, “we have felt that because we have five candidates challenging; it is better for us to go and challenge this at the Supreme Court so that there is one definitive ruling that covers everyone.”
“The Supreme Court has heard both sides and a ruling will be given on Monday. When the ruling is given, we would respect it,” Mrs. Osei said, she also added that, “even though it has been very difficult for us, we make sure to follow the law very strictly without default.”