UFP flagbearer sues EC over disqualification

The flagbearer of the United Front Party (UFP) has filed a legal suit against the Electoral Commission for disqualifying him from the 2020 presidential elections.

Nana Agyenim Boateng argued that his disqualification “was wrong and without basis”.

He was disqualified together with four other aspirants for infractions found on his presidential nomination forms.

The commission alleged forgery of signatures and manufacturing of endorsees.

But the UFP aspirant has rejected these allegations. In a suit filed on Thursday, Mr Boateng is seeking an order of certiorari from the Accra High Court to quash the EC’s decision.

He also wants the court to order the commission to halt the election process until the final determination of his substantive case.

Counsel for the flagbearer, Samuel Cudjoe, is expected to move the application on November 2, 2020.

The UFP flagbearer is convinced that the claims by the Electoral Commission that three people who endorsed his nomination forms denied doing so were false.

Jean Mensa
Electoral Commission boss Jean Mensa

In his affidavit in support of his application, he said all the three people ‘alleged to have denied endorsing his nomination have sworn their respective statutory declarations confirming that they endorsed the nomination.’

He further said that the commission failed to give him a hearing in line with the rules of natural justice when it came to the conclusion that the three people had allegedly denied endorsing his nomination forms.

“The duty to give hearing is the fundamental right and basic requirement of natural justice which is binding on all persons and all institutions,” he added.

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