An Accra High Court has placed an injunction on New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates from three constituencies in the Ashanti region from voting in the pending congress scheduled to be held on April 12, in the Northern regional capital, Tamale.
The affected constituencies are Kumawu, Juabeng and the Manhyia North constituencies.
In its ruling Wednesday, the court presided over by Justice Bright Mensah noted that the register from the three affected constituencies should not be included in the party’s delegates register in the conduct of the pending national delegates conference or any election of the NPP till a re-run of their constituency executives elections were conducted.
Meanwhile, the court has given the Party’s National Elections Committee (NEC) and the Electoral Commission (EC) to lee-way to hold and supervise the Tamale congress but warned not to deal with delegates in the affected constituencies in the Ashanti region.
The order of the court came on the heels of a motion filed before the court by three members of the party in the Ashanti region, Kwame, Owusu-Ansah, Sarpong Kumankuma and Anthony Gyamfi-Ameyaw, who sought an order for interlocutory injunction in the conduct of the national delegates conference of the NPP.
Cited in the motion filed as defendants are the National Elections Committee (NEC) of the NPP and the EC.
The crust of the issue is that during last month’s conduct of constituency executives elections, there were some misunderstandings, which made the party’s NEC ordered for a re-run in the three affected constituencies.
Director of Elections of the NPP, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah told Joy News, Wednesday, that NEC noted there were irregularities in the constituency elections conducted in the three affected constituencies.
According to him, NEC was of the view that some people were disenfranchised during the constituency elections for which the election should be re-run.
The re-run was not conducted as indicated as the party heads for its national delegates congress in Tamale.
Nonetheless, some delegates of the Party say they will consider the credibility, competence, and experience of the contestants during their voting in Saturday’s conference to elect new party executives.
Forty-four candidates are vying for eight executive positions including five incumbents with more than 5,000 delegates voting.
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