Supreme Court to rule on Zanetor, Ashietey case on July 18

The Supreme Court will on July 18, 2016 rule on the case in which the eligibility of National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary nominee for the Korle Klottey constituency, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings is being challenged.

The incumbent Member of Parliament for the Nii Armah Ashietey is challenging the eligibility of the party’s parliamentary nominee for the area, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings.

Armah Ashietey earlier filed a suit at the High Court, but Dr Zanetor filed an application at the Supreme Court challenging the jurisdiction of the High Court hearing the case.

The apex court in a 4-1 majority ruling delivered on May 19, 2016 upheld Dr. Zanetors application and stayed proceedings at the High Court, asserting that the court erred in law when it continued with the case after Article 94 clause 1 (a) became a bone of contention in the case.

The court by virtue of the powers conferred on it by the constitution assumed jurisdiction over the constitutional provision and initiated a hearing to enable it interpret the said provision.

Background

Nii Armah Ashietey has been in court challenging Zanetor’s eligibility in contesting in race.

According to him, Zanetor Rawlings is not a registered voter and thus her election must be declared null and void.

In April 2016 however, Zanetor registered when the Electoral Commission opened the register for new voters in its limited registration exercise.

Mr. Ashietey on Tuesday June 7, filed an application for judicial review of the Supreme Court’s ruling stopping the hearing of his case at the High Court.

By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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