After Madam Akua Donkor found out that she may have goofed by choosing a running mate constitutionally too young to join her in the race, new evidence has emerged to dispute the original age of her running mate.
Mrs Patricia Asante, Madam Akua Donkor’s running mate told Graphic Online on Wednesday that she had made a mistake with her age.
“It was a mistake, I am 42-years-old and not 32 as I earlier said,” she said.
The 1992 constitution was specific that a candidate for election as Vice President ought to be 40 years or above and implying that Asante did not qualify when she stated she was 32-years-old.
Mrs Patricia Asante a.k.a. Yaa Asante on Monday - the day she was introduced as a running mate to Madam Akua Donkor - said she was 32-years-old but by after finding out that she was too young to run, provided a birth certificate issued on Tuesday October 4, 2016 that quoted May 2, 1974 as her original date of birth (Scroll down to see copy of birth certificate).
Explaining why she had to quickly procure a birth certificate to buttress her real date of birth, Mrs Asante said she was not aware of her true date of birth simply because her parents did not register her at birth.
She said it was only after the media publications about a possible disqualification on grounds of age that prompted her to do a search and found out that she was born on May 2, 1974.
"I have four children, first born is 19, followed by 16, 15 and 11 years. I made a mistake with the earlier media interview with my age and will plead with Ghanaians to let it go. I even thank the media for drawing my attention to it," Mrs. Asante pleaded.
Madam Donkor, who is running for president of Ghana on the ticket of the political party she formed, the Ghana Freedom Party, has since submitted her nomination to the Electoral Commission to be considered as a candidate for the December 7 elections.