Seven to contest Ghana’s presidential election

Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) has updated the list of the candidates to seven that will contest the 7 December presidential election after it gave 13 disqualified candidates the opportunity to correct errors on their forms on the orders of the Supreme Court.

EC Chairperson Charlotte Osei said that the Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of Progressive People’s Party (PPP), former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of National Democratic Party (NDP) and Dr Edward Mahama of People’s National Convention (PNC) would now have their names on the ballot paper.

They join President John Dramani Mahama of  National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Akufo-Addo of New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ivor Greenstreet of Convention People’s Party (CPP) and an independent candidate, Jacob Osei Yeboah, who were cleared earlier by the EC to contest the poll.

Several candidates sued the EC after their nomination forms were rejected for errors and other infractions. Two of them, including Papa Kwesi Nduom, won their cases at the High Court ordering the EC to correct their forms.

However, the EC challenged the High Court’s verdict ordering it to give him the opportunity to correct errors on his papers.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court in Accra ordered the EC to give all disqualified presidential aspirants a hearing by allowing them to correct errors on their nomination forms.

The Supreme Court also ruled that all cases at High Court should be stopped.