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7-day vetting of nomination forms illegal – CENCORD

The Centre for Constitutional Order (CENCORD) has accused the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, of breaching the Public Elections Regulation 2016, CI 94, by announcing that the commission will take seven days to vet all forms submitted by presidential aspirants for the December polls.

According to CENCORD, the Commission’s announcement on Friday September 30 amounts to a review of the authority of the returning officer’s decision of declaring a nomination form invalid as captured by Regulation 9 (3) of CI 94.

A CENCORD fellow, Solomon Osei Fosu, speaking to Class News, said Mrs Osei, while serving as a returning officer, should have used the two-day period – September 29 and 30 – for the submission of nomination forms by presidential aspirants to vet the forms and allow them to make the necessary corrections.

“When you look at the regulation, that is CI 94, there is nowhere that states that the EC has a seven-day period to vet the form. The vetting of the form comes within the two-day period they set to receive the nomination forms. When that period is over, there is no time that the EC has to vet any forms. So, as it is now, those who presented their nomination papers stand nominated unless after the determination of the court case between the Progressive People’s Party, EC and the Attorney General,” he stated.

Asked if CENCORD will take legal action against the EC for breaching electoral laws, Mr Fosu said: “The court cases are becoming too many and we think that for our elections to go on successfully, as it is, with all the respect we are giving to the EC chair, they shouldn’t try to disqualify anyone based on their nomination forms.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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