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EC bans NDC Cape Coast parliamentary candidate, withholds voter ID

Kwamina Mintah Akando, past PPC for NDC

The review committee of the Cape Coast metropolitan office of the Electoral Commission has withdrawn the voter identification card of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast, Kwamina Minta Nyarko.

Dr Minta Nyarko’s card has been withdrawn following an allegation of falsification of personal details he used to register in the ongoing voter registration exercise at Nkanfua, in Cape Coast.

The candidate, who lives in Akyim, within the Cape Coast South constituency, ostensibly wanted to register at Nkanfua to allow him to satisfy the requirement of being a resident of the said electoral area or constituency where he hoped to vote in the 2020 elections.

He is said to have provided a house address which, incidentally, corresponded with that for the home of the Cape Coast North youth organiser of the New Patriotic Party.

He was subsequently challenged by NPP party agents at the registration centre on suspicion of not being an ordinary resident, or hailing from the area, or satisfying the year clause which qualifies one to register within a particular community.

With the EC review committee’s decision, Dr Mintah Nyarko has been banned from taking part in the impending elections, whether as a candidate or as a voter, in line with the constitutional instrument that governs the election process.

The Central Region correspondent for Asaase News, Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour, reports that NDC party executives in the region are in a meeting deliberating on the way forward.

While some party faithful are advocating a withdrawal of Dr Mintah Nyarko’s candidature, on the grounds that he did not exercise tact during registration, there are those who argue that the party should challenge the decision in the high court.

Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour

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