Monday, 18 January

Dec polls: Court throws out Kofi Koranteng’s case against EC

Kofi Koranteng

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei-Addo has dismissed an application filed by Mr Kofi Koranteng, a disqualified independent presidential candidate in the 2020 general elections, who sought to have his name on the ballot paper.  

The independent candidate dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) to court because, according to him, his administrative rights under Article 23 of the 1992 Constitution, have been violated.

The court, while dismissing the application, said: “The nature of violation the applicant was alleging is not one that regulation 7 (2) of the EC allows for an amendment”.

The court explained that it was clear from the applicant’s own affidavit in support of his case that he admitted to the kind of errors made per paragraph 11 of his affidavits.

Justice Addo also said the applicant’s rights to natural justice has not been violated and, therefore, dismissed the application today, Monday, 30 November 2020.

Mr Koranteng was disqualified from contesting the 2020 presidential race in October together with four others after the EC discovered anomalies in their nomination forms.