Political parties aggrieved by the Electoral Commission’s disqualification of their flagbearers are rushing to the offices of the Commission to attempt correction and re-submission of nomination forms before the new window of opportunity given by the Supreme Court closes by 5pm on November 8, 2016.
Within an hour of the Court’s order, the People’s National Convention (PNC), the All People’s Congress (APC), the Independent People’s Party (IPP) and the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) had arrived at the Commission’s offices to begin moves to re-submit their forms.
They want to correct the irregularities and submit the forms before the deadline.
The Supreme Court also ordered that all cases regarding the disqualification which are being heard at the High Court should be suspended for the political parties to re-submit.
The National Democratic Party (NDP), the PNC and the IPP have their cases pending at the High Court but the latest judgement by the apex court of the land means those cases have been adjourned indefinitely.
The Electoral Commission disqualified some 12 presidential candidates out of which five dragged the EC to court for an overturn of the Commission’s decision. Two of the parties – PPP and APC – won their cases against the EC.
With the latest order by the Supreme Court, it is unclear whether all the disqualified presidential hopefuls would be interested in going for their nomination forms to rectify their mistakes.
By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana