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Ghana elections: Election body confident polls will be held next month despite court disputes

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Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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Ghana’s election management body has stated that it is confident presidential and parliamentary elections in that country will take place on the scheduled date of December 7.

The Electoral commission of Ghana has been battling more than four political parties in court after their presidential candidates were disqualified from contesting next month’s elections.

The disqualified presidential candidates had errors on their nomination forms filed last month. Among those disqualified is former first lady of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.

Charlotte Osei is the first female to head Ghana's electoral commission
Charlotte Osei is the first female to head Ghana’s electoral commission

There is a high level of uncertainty over the elections due to the ongoing court cases, but the Chairperson of the Commission Charlotte Osei told the BBC in London that the numerous law suits will not affect the date for the polls.

Mrs. Osei who is the first female chairperson of the election body said the decision to face the aggrieved political parties in court was to defend Ghana’s electoral laws.

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She said “The chairperson of the commission is the returning officer for presidential elections, so my job is to receive and examine the forms and if there is any legal basis where the forms cannot be accepted, you report to the commission and the entire commission takes a decision”

Mrs. Osei said she was just doing her job in disqualifying candidates that didn’t meet the criteria set out for contesting the elections.

 

President John Mahama has been in office since 2012
President John Mahama has been in office since 2012

Ghana has held successful general elections since 1992 and has had smooth transitions as well over this period.

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The incumbent president, John Dramani Mahama is being challenged by his closest rival Nana Akufo Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party.

 

 

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com 

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