The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit filed by the flagbearer of the dormant Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Thomas Nuako Ward-Brew, who had prayed the apex court to order the Electoral Commission (EC) to postpone the December 7, 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to the seven-member panel of justices, presided over by Sophia Adehyira, the suit by Mr. Brew lacked merit in both form and substance.
They also stated that, his reason of being in Nigeria during the period which EC was directed to allow disqualified presidential candidates make corrections to their form was frivolous.
Mr. Ward Brew wanted the Court to ask the EC to allow him to effect the necessary correction on his nomination forms to enable him to contest the polls.
According to Mr. Ward-Brew, the postponement would give disqualified presidential aspirants, including him, ample time to campaign.
He further prayed the Supreme Court to extend the period of time for the submission of nomination forms.
Nduom, two others cleared to contest 2016 presidential elections
Mr. Brew is among nine other presidential hopefuls who were disqualified for not meeting the EC’s requirements in the filling of nomination forms.
He went to court after three of the twelve, including the PPP’s Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, NDP’s Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, and the PNC’s Dr. Edward Mahama, were admitted back onto the ballot, bringing the number of contestants to seven.
This was made possible by a Supreme Court ruling, after the EC had gone there to quash a High Court ruling that rejected Dr.Nduom’s earlier disqualifcation, and asked the Commission to allow him ample time to correct the errors on his forms.