An Accra High Court has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC), to give the Flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, an opportunity to correct errors on his nomination form.
The court presided over by Justice Babara Charway, said the EC acted unfairly in disqualifying Mr. Ayariga.
The judge also indicated that, the Commission should have been more patient in dealing with the matter.
The ruling follows a similar order which was given by an Accra High court to the EC to allow the Flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, who was among the 11 disqualified presidential aspirants to amend his nomination form.
Hassan Ayariga was disqualified from the contest because some of the subscribers to his nomination form also endorsed other candidates in the contest.
Earlier in court, lawyers for the APC had accused the EC of deliberately disqualifying Hassan Ayariga. Hassan Ayariga blames NCCE for his disqualification Hassan Ayariga had earlier blamed the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for his disqualification from the 2016 presidential race.
Ayariga said the NCCE failed in its duties to educate the electorate well enough hence the mistakes on the nomination form. “Given the doubt that whatever the EC said was true, I am coming from the PNC and there are members of the PNC that have moved from the PNC to ignorantly do those common mistakes.
It is the duty of the NCCE to have educated the people on how to subscribe so for us that fault does not lie on political parties but the NCCE, which Charlotte Osei was the former boss.