The Republic Editorial: EC Must be Firm on its Decision
On Monday, the Electoral Commission disqualified over ten presidential aspirants on various electoral irregularities such as forgery, misrepresentation and inappropriate information contained in their filing forms.
It also came to the fore that some of the presidential aspirants’ forms were filled by same persons with same names but different signatures in different districts. Some portions of their forms were also not endorsed or signed as required by law.
What was most shocking is that some of those who endorsed the forms for most of these presidential aspirants had done multiple registrations on the electoral register. This a serious electoral offence.
The Republic commends the EC for referring some of the cases to the police service and the office of the Attorney General for investigation and possible prosecutions.
This paper finds it very appalling that these persons who are vying to govern this nation could not perform a simple task of filling nomination forms in order to be vetted by the EC and be qualified to run for the elections.
The EC has since suffered some vile attacks from some of these disqualified presidential aspirants and court actions have also been initiated against it.
The Republic is solidly behind the EC and supports its decision to disqualify these presidential aspirants. The EC must be firm and stick to its stance on this very matter. We need to take this nation serious and allow our institutions to work and function properly. Enough of the glorified mediocrity