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Disqualified UFP aspirant, Gyataba sues EC

One of the five disqualified presidential aspirants has sued the Electoral Commission (EC) at the High Court over his disqualification from the upcoming December presidential race.

Nana Agyenim Boateng, who is the leader and founder of the United Front Party (UFP) is seeking an order of Certiorari to quash the EC’s decision as well as an order of prohibition to restrain the EC from proceeding with the December 7 elections without him.

In addition to his demands, Gyataba as he is popularly known is also “seeking an order directed against the EC to grant him the opportunity to amend and alter the anomaly found in his nomination papers.”

The EC is then to be directed to accept the “nomination paper as amended or altered to enable him to contest as a presidential candidate for the elections.

“Our application for judicial review is premised on the grounds that respondent’s decision is irrational, illogical and violates the procedure set out in regulations 9 of CI 127 and article 23 of the 1992 Constitution and breaches the rules of natural justice,” part of his suit said.

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On Monday, October 19, 2020, the Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa revealed that while 12 people have qualified to run for President, some five others have been disqualified.

The five include Kofi Koranteng, an independent candidate, Marrick Kofi Gane, an Independent candidate, Akwesi Odike of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Kwasi Busumuru of the People’s Action Party (PAP), and Gyataba.

But speaking Wednesday on Adom FM’s current affairs show, Burning Issues, Gyataba accused the EC of bias.

According to Nana Agyenim Boateng, it is unfair that the EC failed to reach out to him to rectify the said mistakes in his form as was done for other qualified candidates.