Following the release of the names of the candidates who are qualified to contest the seat of the presidency by the Electoral commission(EC), a fraction of the populace in Ho are calling on the Electoral commission to to arrest, prosecute and if can be done , jail the disqualified presidential aspirants that allegedly forged signatures.
According to them the act was criminal and should not be entertained. From the behaviour of the disqualified five, it is evident that similar character would be portrayed ifthey are allowed to take over public offices. This reaction came from an interview conducted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) with respect to the EC’s disqualification of five Presidential aspirants.
In the interview ,Mr Emmanuel Akwensi, a resident in Ho holds it that the disqualified aspirants be jailed and banned from participating in the country’s electoral process while Tilda Elinam, another resident applauded the EC for doing the right thing as the persons failed to follow due process but thinks they shouldn’t be banned.Another resident who gave her name as Isabella supports the views of the former.
Out of the 17 people who filed for the seat of presidency only 12 qualified to contest for it.
The 12 aspirants were President Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP and former President John Mahama of the NDC,Madam Akua Donkor of GFP, Dr Henry Lartey of GCPP, Dr Hassan Ayariga of APC, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of NDP, Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of CPP, Brigitte Dzogbenuku of the PPP; Mr Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent aspirant and Reverend Christian Kwabena Andrew (Osofo Kyiri Abosom) of GUM,Mr David Apasera of the PNC and Mr Kofi Akpaloo of the LPG.
And the five who were disqualified includes independent candidates Kofi Koranteng, Marricke Kofi Gane, Akwasi Odike of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Kwasi Busumburu of the People’s Action Party (PAP) and the United Front Party’s (UFP) Agyenim Boateng.
The EC made it known that the disqualification was inducted by irregularities where included IT issues, similar handwriting and signatures, fake signatures, supporters from the same districts, incomplete data among others during the filing stage of which have been reported to the police CID for investigations.
However, they haven’t lost it all. The sum of GHS100,000 which was a filing fee will be giving back to them. While they have had their money, they would have to sit and watch the remaining 12 contest in the election