The Electoral Commission (EC) has filed a witness statement in the case of Joshua Emuah Kwofie, who is contesting the eligibility of Dorcas Afo-Toffey, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Jomoro, to run for the seat.
The EC stated at the most recent court hearing that it would file its witness testimony before the full trial of the case on June 6, 2022.
The EC stated in a witness statement filed at the Sekondi High Court that during the 2020 elections in the Jomoro Constituency, it complied with all regulations pertaining to parliamentary elections in Ghana.
It did say, however, that if the current MP for the area held several nationalities, she should have declared and renounced them before presenting her nomination to run for parliament.
According to the EC, the Jomoro District Electoral Officer, Samuel Mensah, complied with the constitutional and legislative obligations in organizing and conducting the parliamentary election in the Jomoro Constituency during the 2020 general elections.
The Electoral Officer claimed that he was personally accountable for the election’s conduct and supervision.
He stated that the parliamentary candidate nomination process in the relevant seat was performed in conformity with legal norms.
“A candidate for parliamentary election must present to the Returning Officer a statutory declaration declaring that he or she is competent to be elected as a Member of Parliament and is not disqualified from doing so at the time of nomination.”
“The law also requires that the statutory declaration be made before a court or a person authorized by law to administer an oath, and that the statutory declaration be certified under the candidate’s signature,” he added.
“A candidate is qualified to run for election as an MP only after submitting the nomination form, which contains the statutory declaration together with the other prerequisites,” he explained.
Based on the statutory declaration submitted with the nomination forms, the EC determined that the first responder was qualified to run for election as a Member of Parliament for Jomoro.
According to the EC, the 1st respondent was declared the winner of the parliamentary election for the Jomoro Constituency after conducting free and transparent nominations, voting, and results declaration.