Election 2016 CID hunts "fraudulent" subscribers of disqualified presidential aspirants

Speaking to Pulse.com.gh, ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwa, the Public Relations Officer for the CID, said others have already appeared and have been granted bail.

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The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is on the heels of some people who allegedly committed various forms of illegalities in endorsing the nominations of some presidential aspirants to contest the December 7 polls.

Speaking to Pulse.com.gh, ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwa, the Public Relations Officer for the CID, said those wanted by the police are Salifu Abdulai, Adu Thomas,  Alfred Yevuglo, Richard Aseda, Amadu Babia Latifa, Amadu Ayuba, Owusu Stephen, Abdulai Mariama, also known as Fusheini Mariama and Abaako Issifu.

He said Salifu of the National Democratic Party (NDP); Mariama and Owusu, both of the Reform Democratic Party (RDP) engaged in the offence of multiple registration.

Ayuba subscribed for both the People’s National Convention (PNC) and the All People’s Congress (APC), while Adu and Yevuglo subscribed for both the Independent People’s Party (IPP) and the United Front Party (UFP).

Latifa, on the other hand, subscribed for both the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) and the UFP, while Aseda subscribed twice for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

According to ASP Darkwa, the suspects’ action had breached Article 63 of the 1992 Constitution, the Criminal Offences Act, Act 29, the Public Elections Regulations, 2016, C.I. 94 and PNDCL 284.

He said others have already appeared and have been granted bail.

“We have started investigations to the electoral breaches. Quite a number of them have reported, however, a few of them have not yet reported and we are appealing to them to report. Otherwise we will go after them, we will arrest them,” he said.

He added: “Our duty is to investigate and when we have enough evidence, we present the docket to AG’s office, and then AG will advise and direct us as to what to do, or AG will prosecute them.”

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The EC, on Monday, October 10, 2016, disqualified 12 presidential aspirants from contesting the December 7 polls for various reasons, including forgery, impersonation, and perjury.

The EC subsequently forwarded a complaint against the subscribers for eight aspirants to the CID for investigations.

The EC’s complaint to the CID was against the subscribers for the NDP, IPP, UFP, PPP, GCPP, APC, PNC and RPD.

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