Give Mr Ayariga opportunity to amend the anomalies- Court

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An Accra High Court on Friday ordered the Electoral Commission to afford Mr Hassan Ayariga, Presidential Hopeful for All Peoples Congress (APC) the opportunity to amend the anomalies within the limited time.

The court presided over by Mrs Barbara Tetteh Charwey in giving her judgment cautioned people, who put themselves up for presidential candidates, to exhibit high sense of diligence and qualities.

It also said the EC must also hasten slowly in its implementation of the law.

The APC Presidential Hopeful contends that the EC has no power to disqualify him and as such seeking the orders of the Court to compel the Commission to accept his nomination form and include his name on this year’s Presidential Ballot.

According to Mr Ayariga even if the EC had the powers to disqualify him, “Its failure to adhere to due process was so unjust and perverted as to deprive the Commission of its powers.”

He was therefore seeking a declaration that the EC’s closure of the nomination period on October 10, without notifying the applicants of any outstanding issues amounted in law to a misrepresentation to all candidates and the whole world, that the applicants nomination form were fully compliant with all requirement of the law and CI 94.

Mr Ayariga is also seeking a declaration that the purported closure of the nomination period before or without giving him an opportunity to amend any error on his form based on which the EC seeks to invalidate him was in breach of natural justice.

He also was requesting the court to declare that the EC could only disqualify a candidate “where it has notified that candidate of an invalidity which the candidate refuses or fail to amend.” GNA

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