While the American Presidential race gets comedic than ever before, in far away Ghana, West Africa, their Presidential elections just got eventful like never before. The Electoral Commission of Ghana has cleared only four out of the 16 candidates that submitted their nomination forms to contest the 2016 polls.
According to EC, only four individuals met the criteria and standards to contest this year’s presidential elections.
One of the affected candidates, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has vowed to shave off his iconic mustache in protest of what he termed an ‘unfair disqualification’. Dr Nduom has kept his mustache intact for the last two decades.
“I am highly disappointed in Madam Charlotte Osei and her EC. I feel that I am a victim of her witch-hunting, as a result of my suit against the EC over the outrageous nominations fee. I will surely explore all the channels available to rectify this absolute travesty of justice,” Dr Nduom told SAD FM.
“I am going to shave my iconic mustache that Ghanaian love so much in protest of the EC’s decision. I ask all my supporters to use #BringBackTheMustache across social media to put pressure on the EC so I don’t have to shave it off, ” he added.
Also disqualified from the race were Hassan Ayariga of the All People’s Party (APC) , Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party(NDP) and Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC).
The Commission also disqualified Madam Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) and the flagbearers of 10 other parties, including United Progressive Party (UPP), Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and the Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP).
Others were the United Front Party (UFP), All People’s Congress (APC), National Democratic Party (NDP), and the Independent People’s Party (IPP).
At a press conference held in Accra on Monday, EC boss, Madam Charlotte Osei, essentially accused some of them of fraud, saying that the identities of some of the people who validated their forms were questionable.
She said she would forward all the relevant information to the attorney general’s office for prosecution.