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NPP hopes court will resolve disqualification issues in 'sympathy message'

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed sympathies for the 12 presidential aspirants whose candidatures did not pass the test of the 2016 electoral regulations.

Most of these aspirants have made it clear the legal option is what they will pursue to get redress.

The 12 presidential aspirants were disqualified by the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) on varying grounds including irregularities, forgery and wrong information about subscribers.

Only four aspirants – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, John Dramani Mahama, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet and Jacob Osei Yeboah – were cleared to contest the December 7 elections.

But a day after the EC announced its decision on the aspirants, the NPP expressed hope that the legal option open to the disqualified candidates resolves “expeditiously” issues surrounding the Commission’s decision.

“In as much as we agree that the right things be done in the management of our elections, we express our sympathies with the candidates whose nominations have been rejected despite their efforts to meet the requirements of the law,” a statement issued by Chairperson of NPP’s Legal and Constitutional Committee Prof Mike Oquaye said.

“We hope that the legal process, if any, will resolve expeditiously any issues arising from the Electoral Commission’s decision.”

He stated that the principles of “justice and fairness” govern all aspects of the electoral process to consolidate democracy in the country.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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