District Elections: Two to sue EC over disqualification

The September 1 District Assembly and Unit Committee elections in Ghana could suffer another jolt as two disappointed assembly members are planning to sue the Electoral Commission for disqualifying them.

The two Emmanuel Onumah, 72, and Yorke Eslika, 73, of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis have been disqualified due to their age. The duo, who are immediate former assembly members for Airport Ridge and Old Adra electoral areas respectively were seeking re-election.

“We are very devastated and feel very humiliated by this last minute unexpected elimination from this exercise because the EC says we are above 70 years,” the pair told Starr News’ Emmanuel Ohene Gyan.

They said they had gone through a successful filing process without the EC disqualifying them, but were surprised their names were absent on the notice of poll.

According to Eslika, he spent Gh¢ 6000 on his campaign.

The Western regional EC boss Stephen Opoku Mensah has, however, apologised for the inconvenience caused them, saying the new CI bans people over 70 years from contesting, but admits the Electoral Commission failed to educate the public about it.

Early this year, the Supreme Court suspended the same exercise due to an error on the part of the EC.