A political scientist at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr Richard Amoako Baah has faulted the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Madam Charlotte Osei for disqualifying some 12 presidential nominees.
He states that the EC boss has no authority to disqualify candidates on technical grounds describing her conduct as a manifestation of incompetence.
“What has happened is a threat to our democracy…I have said it that the EC chairperson is not competent. She used technicalities to decide for Ghanaians when she supposed to facilitate the process and allow for Ghanaians to decide for who they want’, he observed on Ultimate Fm’s Fact File.
He questioned if the application procedure was meant to qualify candidates for heaven that they cannot amend the errors further questioning her competence in dealing with the entire processes.
“When did the EC become signature experts? She is a lawyer and an incompetent one. Why did she not allow the police to investigate the matter before she made public her findings”, he asked host Julius Caesar Anadem.
According to the political science lecturer, Madam Charlotte Osei has exhibited an incompetent and illogical behavior making her unfit for the position which is likely to plunge the country’s electoral processes into chaos.
The EC on Monday disqualified 12 presidential aspirants from contesting in the 2016 elections.
The disqualified aspirants include Hassan Ayariga’s All People’s Congress (APC), the People’s National Convention’s (PNC) Dr. Edward Mahama, the Progressive People’s Party’s (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, and other presidential aspirants from contesting in the December elections.
The EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei at a news conference, said those disqualified failed to meet the necessary requirements, hence their ineligibility to contest.
Find below the different reasons for which each of the aspirants were disqualified.
RECEIPT OF NOMINATIONS FOR 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
- Key criteria for presidential candidates
- Forms must be signed by candidate
- Forms must be signed by two registered voters in every district (432 valid endorsements required)
- One voter cannot endorse more than one presidential candidate
- Vice President nominee must be named and must meet constitutional requirements for the office of Vice President
- Properly filled forms must be delivered to the Returning officer on or before the date appointed for receipt of nominations
- Forms should be submitted in quadruplicates
- Forms should include properly attested statutory declarations stating that candidate has provided accurate details to the Commission, has met all the requirements and is qualified for the office of President.
- 4 pictures in accordance with dimensions and specifications in the law
- Payment of filing fees as determined by the Commission.
The Commission may disqualify a candidate if one of these requirements is not met. For instance:
- The nomination form is not properly signed by the candidate;
- The statutory declaration is not properly executed;
- Filing fees not presented in requested mode or amount;
- Less than two registered voters per district sign the nomination forms;
- The nomination forms are not properly signed by all the subscribing voters;
- The candidate or the designated vice president nominee does not meet the legal requirements of the nominated office.