#GhanaDecides: Electoral Commission Kicks 13 Aspirants Out From Presidential Election

Ghana’s electoral commission has disqualified thirteen out of the seventeen presidential hopefuls who filed to run for the election in 2016.

Among the disqualified candidates on Monday are two-time aspirant and businessman Papa Kwesi Nduom, and former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings.

The Electoral Commission Chairperson, Charlotte Osei announced at a news conference that those disqualified failed to meet the necessary requirements in filing their nomination forms.

Different reasons were given for the disqualification of each aspirant including incomplete details on forms, failure to meet legal requirements during filing process and failure to pay the required fee within the stipulated time (not later than 12 noon on Monday, October 10, 2016).

Others were disqualified because they were fraudulently endorsed by unqualified subscribers and the EC said it will “refer the matter of the possible forgeries to the Ghana Police Service and the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution.”

President John Dramani Mahama qualified to run for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) including the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) candidate Ivor Kobina Greenstreet and an independent presidential candidate Jacob Osei Yeboah. Read the full story.