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Ghana's electoral law needs amendment – Dr Henry Lartey

By Clement Edward Kumsah
Dr. Henry Herbert Lartey

Disqualified presidential candidate of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr Henry Herbert Lartey, has labelled portions of Ghana’s electoral laws that necessitate presidential nominees to fill nomination forms as harsh and stringent and therefore must be expunge from the statute books.

Dr Henry Herbert Lartey amongst 11 other presidential aspirants were disqualified by the Electoral Commission (EC) for an array of anomalies spotted on their nomination forms ahead of the polls on 7 December.

In an interview with Class FM, filling of nomination in bid to contest elections as a president should be deleted scrapped .
“I think that law itself is a bad law, it’s a draconian law that was put in and I wonder why the drafters of the constitution put it in in the first place. If you look at the UK and you become leader of the party straight away, you can stand for elections and become Prime Minister. I’m sure United States as well, once you’ve won the primaries you don’t go and fill in a nomination form and then you have 15 people who sit down and then decide whether you become a presidential candidate or not. I think that [Law] has to be removed, it’s a bad law, it’s not a very good law. Despite the fact that some people may think we didn’t do our job and we failed, it’s not a good law, we have to remove it from our statute books, ”Dr. Lartey lamented.