Abu Ramadan sues EC over Abuakwa North by-election



Former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan, has filed yet another suit against the Electoral Commission, this time praying the Supreme Court to stop it from organizing the March 29 bye election in the Abuakwa North constituency.

He argues that it will be “contemptuous” for the Electoral Commission to conduct the by-election in Abuakwa using the current voters’ register.

The Abuakwa North seat became vacant following the gruesome killing of the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu.

Abu Ramadan is also asking the Supreme Court to stop the EC from opening the register for new registration, which is scheduled for next month until the court makes a decision.

Reliefs

Abu Ramadan is seeking the following reliefs

  • Given the pendency of the substantive suit and the unresolved issues motivating same, it would be improper and pre judicial for first respondent to conduct the announced limited registration exercise or indeed any registration exercise and if not restrained, the problems attending to the current voters’ register would be compounded at additional cost to the republic and its citizens.
  • Again it will be prejudicial and contemptuous for first respondent to conduct any public election including the Abuakwa North constituency by election using the current voters register and thereby allowing unqualified persons to participate in determining this country’s future.
  • With respect, the intended limited voters registration exercise and by elections would interfere with the administration of justice and undermine the judicial process in view of the pendency of this suit.

NPP man’s suit

A few days ago, the Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, also filed a suit at the Supreme Court, challenging the eligibility of some names on the voters’ register, to be used for the 2016 general elections this November.

Per the suit, the EC and the Attorney General are expected to file a statement of defense within 14 days.

Kwame Baffoe is seeking ten reliefs, which  included an order compelling the defendants to compile a new and credible national voters’ register for use in this year’s general election.

By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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