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Aggrieved NPP members in Ekumfi file application to injunct Central Region elections

The contention of the aggrieved NPP members is that the regional electoral committee, has intentionally refused to organize elections for their constituency

Five aggrieved members of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) Ekumfi constituency, have instituted a court action to stop the Party from conducting its Central Region delegates conference to elect regional executives.

According to the affidavit in support of the case filed at the Cape Coast High Court and dated the 25 May 2022, the applicants are Edward Armah, Ransford Bosomtwe, Albert Ackon, Razak Nurudeen, and Mohammed Iddrisu.

The action is against Robert Kutin, Jnr, the Central Region Chairman of the NPP and five others who constitute the Regional Electoral Committee, charged with the responsibility of organizing the NPP regional elections in the Central Region.

The action also names the Electoral Commission’s Cape Coast Regional Director, as the 7th Respondent.

Applicants contention

The contention of the aggrieved members of the NPP is that the regional electoral committee, has intentionally and without cause, refused to organize elections for the Ekumfi constituency.

The basic reason for the failure to organize the Ekumfi election according to the applicants, “is to prevent them from being eligible to exercise their franchise in the impending regional elections, giving that votes from the Ekumfi Constituency have always been crucial in deciding who becomes a regional executive of the party in the Central Region”.

They contend further that “there is no matter know to them that restrains the electoral committee from holding elections at the Ekumfi constituency and that the committee has conspired with the Electoral Commission directorate in Cape Coast “to deny them of their right to vote in the regional elections”.

The applicants therefore want the High Court to restrain the electoral committee and the Electoral Commission, from “going ahead with the Central Regional elections until the Ekumfi Constituency elections is organized and until the constituency is given a voice in the impending regional elections”.

Dismissed applications

A leading member of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) legal and constitutional committee, and Managing partner of Marfo & Associates, Gary Nimako Marfo, on the 19 May 2022, called on all persons vying for positions in the NPP from the polling station to the national level to seek resolution of their grievances internally instead of resorting to litigation.

According to Nimako Marfo, evidence available to the legal and constitutional committee of the Party points to the fact that virtually all the cases filed in courts across the country by candidates since the party commenced its internal elections, have either been dismissed or referred to the party to use its internal conflict resolution mechanisms to settle same.

Gary Nimako Marfo, said the evidence available to him indicate that aggrieved party members’ decision to heard to court at the least provocation is not worth the resources, time and energy spent to litigate.

As part of the rules and regulations approved by the National Council for the conduct of the elections, all individuals who decide to contest for positions in the regional elections will have to exhaust all internal grievance mechanisms and not resort to external means of dispute resolution.

“Any member of the party or aspirant who feels aggrieved at any point in the process SHALL exhaust ALL available internal resolution mechanisms in accordance with Article 4 of the Party Constitution and the decision of the National Appeals Committee on the matter shall be final and binding,” the communiqué signed by Boadu said.

Wilberforce Asare

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