NDC Mion Constituency loser in court; demands recount

Politics of Thursday, 10 December 2015

Source: myjoyonline.com

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The defeated aspirant in the recent NDC Mion parliamentary primaries has begun his legal battle to get the court to overturn the results of the elections.

Dr. Mawia Zacharia lost the primaries by 13 votes to new comer, Mr Mohammed Abdul-Aziz who polled 1652 votes.

The incumbent Mion MP Dr Alhassan Ahmed Yakubu, a Deputy Minister of the Food and Agriculture lost the elections placing third with 1,345 votes.

But Dr. Mawia Zacharia will not accept defeat. He has raised a number of complaints about the process.

He has filed a writ at the Tamale High court challenging the results. The writ has the Electoral Commission Regional Office in Tamale as well as the victor Mr Mohammed Abdul-Aziz.

Joy News has sighted a copy of the writ which was filed on December 7, 2015.

The plaintiff among other things is asking for the annulment of the NDC parliamentary primary results in the Tuwua L/A Primary within the Mion Constituency.

He alleged the presiding member in the constituency was a known campaign team member of Dr Alhassan Yakubu- something which is not allowed in Ghana’s electoral laws.

The plaintiff is also demanding that results in four polling stations be recounted. He named the polling stations as Kulikpegu, Bofoyili, Gunsi and Dabogni.

He alleged the agents who signed on his behalf in these four polling stations were not his accredited agents.

In a subsequent interview on Joy News Dr. Zacharia expressed shock that his simple request for a recount in an internal election was turned down.

He stated that he exhausted all the processes within the party before deciding to go to court. According to him, the party had said the case was out their control and that if anything it was the EC who had power to annul the results, a reason why he proceeded to court.

He said if the party of the EC were to allow a recount of the ballots in the four polling stations he would withdraw the case from the court.