An Accra High Court has adjourned hearing of the suit filed by Flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga challenging his disqualification by the Electoral Commission (EC) to contest the presidential elections.
The adjournment followed the failure of lawyers for both sides to submit their statement of case and written submissions as ordered by the Judge, Justice Barbara Tetteh Charway during the last sitting.
The two lawyers told the court the failure to file was due to circumstances beyond their control and assured that they will do so before noon today [Friday].
The case will be recalled tomorrow [Tuesday] for hearing.
Ayariga blames NCCE for his disqualification
Hassan Ayariga a few days ago blamed the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for his disqualification.
The EC disqualified Ayariga because some persons who subscribed to his candidature endorsed other candidates in the race.
But Ayariga said the NCCE failed in its duties to educate electorates well enough hence the mistakes on the nomination forms.
“Given the doubt that whatever the EC said was true, I am coming from the PNC and there are members of the PNC that have moved from the PNC to ignorantly do those common mistakes. It is the duty of the NCCE to have educated the people on how to subscribe so for us that fault does not lie on political parties but the NCCE, which Charlotte Osei was the former boss.”
“So if those common mistakes are happening then it means that the NCCE didn’t do a good job because if they had done a good job, I don’t think we would have these common errors coming from the voter,” Mr. Ayariga added when he addressed the media after the adjournment of the party’s suit against the EC on Wednesday.
I’ll accept court’s verdict – Ayariga
Mr. Ayariga has also indicated that he would accept the verdict of the court.
“In the rule of law, we believe that the only thing we need is to follow the rules and regulations governing our nation. So we respect the court [and we are] asking the court to do the right thing and whatever decision that comes out we would accept,” he added.
By: Fred Djabanor/citifmonline.com/Ghana