Seek advice on eligibility to contest 2020 polls – Prof Gyampo advises Mahama

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has been advised to legally interrogate his eligibility to contest for President in 2020. According to the Director of European Studies (CES) at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, it will even be best for the former President to seek the legal clarification before contesting for the party’s upcoming presidential primaries slated for December 7, 2018.

Prof. Gyampo was speaking Monday on Adom FM’s flagship programme, Burning Issues, hosted by Afia Pokua on back of former President Mahama’s intention to contest for the upcoming NDC’s presidential primaries. “The former President or lawyers around him should seek interpretations from the [Supreme Court] as stipulated in Article 66 of the 1992 Constitution on his eligibility to contest the upcoming 2020 general elections,” Prof. Gyampo urged.

Prof. Gyampo said the opposition NDC may face severe challenges if former President Mahama is elected as a presidential candidate after the primaries only for the Supreme Court to rule against his candidature. President Mahama lost power after serving his first four-year term. Although the Constitution allows a President to stay in power for two four-year terms if he is elected after each term, many have said the law may not allow Mr Mahama to contest again.

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