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LOCAL NEWS: High Court Dismisses Case Against Electoral Commission


An Accra High court this morning dismissed a case filed against the Electoral commission by the United Front Party (UFP)s Nana Agyenim Boateng challenging his disqualification as a Presidential Candidate.


The Electoral Commission on October 19 gave 12 persons the green light to contest this year's elections as presidential candidates.


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Mr.Agyenim Boateng was one of the individuals who had their forms rejected with the EC explaining that three persons who endorsed his form have denied ever doing so.


Mr.Agyenim Boateng subsequently filed a case at the court, insisting his disqualification was unlawful. His lawyers have presented to the court three letters from the persons said to have endorsed his form, insisting they did indeed endorse the form of the presidential candidate.


In it's ruling, the court held that the person said to have endorsed Mr. Boateng's form was given a fair hearing.


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The court also held that the Electoral Commission did not breach any of its regulation, since it informed Mr.Boateng of his disqualification.


It further noted that the injunction for a fair hearing does not mean the EC should endorse criminality.


The court concluded by noting that the Elections ought to take place on December 7 and the EC will not be impeded from doing so especially when there is no equitable right to be protected.


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The court, therefore, dismissed the application for an injunction and the substantive case against the Electoral Commission.


Story by Rodney Tsenuokpor

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