GRASAG National EC Disqualifies Nana Asafo-Adjei Ayeh and Ebbin Abaka-Yankson. GRASAG Judicial Committee Throws Out Asafo-Adjei’s Petition; Orders EC Chair To Step Aside For Deputies To Conduct Elections.
The Judicial Committee (JC) of the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) National has thrown out a petition brought before it by Mr Nana Asafo-Adjei Ayeh challenging his disqualification as a presidential candidate in this year’s elections.
Mr Nana Asafo-Adjei presented a petition against the association’s Electoral Commission (EC) after his running mate was disqualified on grounds of canvassing for votes when he hadn’t appeared before the vetting committee. The EC finds this action a total violation of the the electoral process.
But Asafo-Adjei petitioned the JC praying the committee to quash the decision of the EC, arguing that the vetting panel was unconstitutional based on the composition of the panel. The JC, however held that the vetting in which Asafo-Adjei’s running mate took part in, was unconstitutional hence the decision and report of the committee was null and void after the EC argued that they allowed such processes on humanitarian grounds.
It would be recalled that Asafo-Adjei’s first running mate Mr Enoch Agyare Sakyi resigned approximately two weeks to the National Delegates Congress citing health issues and other matters as grounds for his resignation. It came to light at the petition hearing that, Mr Agyare Sakyi’s resignation was not as a result of the reasons he stated, but because he is not a student in good standing.
The JC ruled that, since the vetting process of the second running mate of Asafo-Adjei was null and void, the committee thereby disqualifies Asafo-Adjei since he has no approved running mate at this time. The JC also ordered the Chairman of EC to step aside whiles his deputies take charge of the elections.