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14 October 2016

Disqualified parties still campaigning

charlotte-oseiSome political parties whose presidential nominees have been disqualified by the Electoral Commission from participating in the 2016 December polls, are still campaigning vigorously.

The parties have some conviction that they can overturn their disqualification either at the EC office or at the law court.

Speaking to Citi News, the General Secretary of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP),Murtala Mohammed, said his party is not distracted by the disqualification.

He said the party has asked its parliamentary nominees to continue campaigning despite the disqualification.

“We have called all our parliamentary candidates to Accra to tell them to continue the good works they are doing. If there are any machinations or reasons why they are disqualifying us, it is because of their good works so they should go ahead and work and win the parliamentary seat for us. We psyched them up to go back and start work today. Even though we are distracted a little, I think we are fine and we are going to go ahead with our campaign.”

We’re focused – APC

The General Secretary of All Peoples Congress (APC), Razak Opoku, also indicated that, the party is still focused on their campaign plans.

“We are very hopeful that, our nominees will get back on the ballot. If we also file for our parliamentary nominees, we cannot sit down and say that we are waiting for the outcome of the court’s decision. We are still campaigning seriously and we are not disturbed much by the EC’s decision. We are campaigning vigorously.”

On Monday, the EC disqualified 13 presidential aspirants after they failed to meet some requirements in filling their nomination forms.
Some of the affected parties have since declared their intentions of suing the EC over its decision.

Meanwhile the EC has also disqualified some 24 parliamentary aspirants in the Ashanti Region.

This time, their disqualification was not due to a failure to meet the necessary requirements, but their inability to pay the Ghc10,000 filing fees.

Source: citifmonline.com

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