A group calling itself Concerned Aspiring Assembly Members (CAAM) in the Ashanti and the Brong-Ahafo Regions has threatened to haul the Electoral Commission (EC) under the chairmanship of Dr. Afari-Gyan, to court by the end of this week.
The aspiring assembly members have blamed the EC, particularly Dr. Afari-Gyan, for exhibiting gross arrogance which had led to the cancellation of the district assembly polls after an upset aspirant had dragged the EC to court.
Numbering about 86, the aggrieved assemblymen said the EC had caused huge financial loss to the state by the cancellation of the polls by the Supreme Court and so they would want the court to compel the EC to pay the money to the state.
They would also pray the court to order the EC to refund monies that the aspiring assemblymen and women had wasted on their various campaigns and also warn the EC from committing a similar blunder in the future.
Michael Owusu aka Obaatanpa, aspiring assemblymen for Wontonase Aburaso Electoral Area, who spoke on behalf of the group, said the EC could not escape blame for the delay of the district level elections.
According to him, the Supreme Court’s decision to cancel the original date for the polls could have been prevented, had the EC boss taken time for the Constitutional Instrument (CI) to go through its 21 days maturity period.
Speaking at a press conference, he said the state expended a staggering amount of money on the abortive polls and would also spend more money in organizing the next elections.
Michael Owusu said the EC’s avoidable blunder had caused this huge financial loss to the state, ‘so the EC, particularly Dr. Afari-Gyan, should be compelled to bear the cost for acting wrongly.’
According to him, Dr. Afari-Gyan doesn’t respect the aspirants, noting that since the Supreme Court cancelled the elections, the EC was yet to apologize to the aspirants for their time and money wasted on campaigning.
Michael Owusu said, ‘We want to go to court and test the law,’ stressing that his group is made up of law abiding citizens.
Yaa Pokuwaa aka Obayaa Race Course, aspiring assembly woman for Adwumakaase Kese Electoral Area, lamented the colossal amount of money that the aspirants had wasted on the botched elections.
She said the aspirants are currently cash-strapped so they were proceeding to the law court to order the EC to compensate them ‘so that we can get money for campaign again for the polls.’
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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