EC must ensure the prosecution of disqualified candidates – Dr Owusu-Ansah

A lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) says the Electoral Commission must see to the prosecution of the 5 disqualified presidential aspirants if indeed there’s evidence of fraud against them.

Dr Emmanuel De-Graft Johnson Owusu-Ansah said the disqualified candidates must be made to face the full rigours of the law for breaching Ghana’s electoral laws.

“I’m expecting the EC to forward these particular fraud cases to the CID and I’m expecting the CID to act on them.

“If it turns out that it is fraud, the laws should take its course. We’ve always been preaching the law; it should take its course now,” he said.

This comes after 5 out of 17 aspirants who filed to contest in the upcoming Presidential elections were disqualified on grounds of forgery detected after their nomination forms were submitted.

Dr Owusu Ansah is of the view that the Presidential aspirants should’ve exercised the highest form of care during the filing process.

Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile Saturday, he added that as people aspiring to hold the esteemed office of the Presidency, the disqualified aspirants should’ve acted responsibly.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-2500680891621702&output=html&h=250&slotname=7074810865&adk=2626372942&adf=1112791028&pi=t.ma~as.7074810865&w=300&lmt=1603787233&psa=1&guci=×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.myjoyonline.com%2Fnews%2Fnational%2Fec-must-ensure-the-prosecution-of-disqualified-candidates-dr-owusu-ansah%2F&flash=0&wgl=1&tt_state=W3siaXNzdWVyT3JpZ2luIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9hZHNlcnZpY2UuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbSIsInN0YXRlIjowfV0.&dt=1603787232961&bpp=20&bdt=3766&idt=59&shv=r20201021&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D60fbe821651ff7f4%3AT%3D1603786901%3AS%3DALNI_MatLHscJ4UtcG81uQW3qGKSWksq1w&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=1&correlator=6963886902573&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=677258548.1596460452&ga_sid=1603787234&ga_hid=674080944&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=2286984865513459&dssz=66&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=0&u_his=9&u_java=0&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=541&ady=1935&biw=1356&bih=600&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=20207459%2C42530672%2C44726948%2C21067105%2C21066705&oid=3&pvsid=3636366047229093&pem=50&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.myjoyonline.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2Fkennedy-agyapong-appeals-to-fomena-mp-to-rescind-decision-to-go-independent%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1366%2C728%2C1366%2C600&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CleEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8192&bc=31&ifi=1&uci=a!1&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=9dNni1VYhU&p=https%3A//www.myjoyonline.com&dtd=922

“If they’re found guilty of the fraud, and because of that, they are unable to contest again, so be it.

“What we know is that for you to be a Presidential candidate, ready to govern the people, at least you must abreast yourself with the laws; you must know what actually are the consequences of your actions so that when you become the President you can actually govern well,” he added.

He also disagreed with the Commission’s decision to refund filing fees of the disqualified aspirants.

He said if indeed, further investigations by the police prove that the aspirants are guilty of fraud, there’s no need to refund their monies.


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