We Will Refund Your Monies To You – EC Assures Disqualified Parties

    /    Oct 11, 2016   /     NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    457 Views

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it would refund monies paid by disqualified presidential candidates in the upcoming polls.

This was after the commission announced on Monday that it had disqualified about 12 presidential candidates.

12 out of the 17 presidential candidates who submitted forms to contest this year’s elections have been disqualified.

The PPP’s Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the NDP’s Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, the PNC’s Dr. Nasigri Mahama, the APC’s Hassan Ayariga plus eight others were disqualified.

This means that barring any unforeseen circumstance, only four persons would be on the ballot paper to be voted for.

They are the CPP’s Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, the NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, the NDC’s John Dramani Mahama and independent candidate, Jacob Osei Yeboah.

Announcing the decision to the media in Accra at the close of the receipt of nomination fees, EC chairperson, Mrs. Charlotte Osei said the police and the Attorney General’s office have been notified about forgeries that characterized the forms of those disqualified.

But the EC says it would refund all the monies to the disqualified parties.

Deputy communications director of the commission, Yusif Ayuba said in an interview on Monday that the monies would be given back.

According to him, the disqualifications were in accordance with the laws governing elections in Ghana.

“We work according to the law and regulations. The regulation was very clear that the candidate could have submitted their nomination forms before or on the 29th and 30th of September 2016, and most of them decided to bring it on the 29th and 30th and we looked at it, those who met the qualification criteria we granted them. And those who could not meet these criteria we disqualified them.

It is a legal requirement that we have followed. We’ve done a very good job, we made the presentation at the press conference today (Monday) as to the reasons why these candidates were disqualified, and it is very clear in law,” he said.

Meanwhile, some disappointed presidential candidates have threatened to sue the EC for excluding them in this year’s election race.

 

Source: Felicity Frempong|kapital971.com

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