Election 2016 Presidential nominees were too many - Palmer-Buckle

“If anyone says we’ve never had the EC disqualify presidential aspirants on such a large scale before, we must also put on record that we’ve never had that many presidential aspirants before,” he said.

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Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra has described as unprecedented the number of presidential aspirants who wanted to contest in this year’s election.

“If anyone says we’ve never had the EC disqualify presidential aspirants on such a large scale before, we must also put on record that we’ve never had that many presidential aspirants before,” he said.

The EC, last week Monday, announced the disqualification of 12 aspirants for failing to meet the criteria for filing as president.

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The presidential nominees disqualified included flag bearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga; Dr Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC); Dr Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP); and Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People’s Party (IPP); Kwabena Adjei of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD).

The others were: Dr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP); Mr Richard Nixon Tetteh (United Development Systems Party); Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP); Thomas Ward-Brew of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP); Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent candidate, and Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP). Mr Akwasi Addae Odike of the United Progressive Party’s nomination is on hold pending a court case.

Many, including the PPP, NDP, and GCPP have filed suits against the EC for disqualifying them.

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle believes that the law must be allowed to work as far as the back and forth between the EC and the disqualified nominees is concerned.

“The Electoral Commission (EC) works with laws. They disqualified the 13 presidential nominees for various infractions based on the law and the affected nominees have also resorted to the courts for redress, so, let’s wait and see what the courts say about it. Let’s allow the law to work. Let’s respect the law,” he told Accra FM.

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