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Court adjourns NDC’s case challenging Techiman South Parliamentary election results indefinitely

The Wenchi High Court has adjourned sine die the case in which the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Techiman South constituency, Christopher Beyere Baasongti, dragged the Electoral Commission,Member of Parliament for the area, Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, and the Clerk of Parliament to court over the declaration of the 2020 constituency elections.

This was after Mr Baasongti decided to discontinue the case against the Clerk of Parliament, upon advice from his lawyers.

The court however requested a motion of notice which has to be served on the clerk before the case can be discontinued.

The Clerk will have to be served before Mr Baasongti can proceed with arguments on two other motions against the Electoral Commission and Mr Korsah.

Speaking to journalists after the court adjourned the case indefinitely, the National Democratic Congress General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, divulged attempts by the lawyer for Mr Baasongti to serve the Clerk of Parliament have proven futile despite the case filed on January. 11

As a result, the umbrella family has decided not to pursue the case against the Clerk of Parliament.

Noting that their case will not be hurt much thus they will continue the case against the Electoral Commission and the New Patriotic Party’s Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah.

Asiedu Nketia said the counsel for Mr Baasongti expressed disappointment with these developments.

“He believes that these technicalities are intended to unnecessarily delay the case against the intentions of the court and everybody.”

 

Background

 Parliamentary candidate for Techiman South Constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has filed a petition before the Wenchi High Court.

Christopher Beyere has asked that he is declared the winner of the December election for the constituency.

In his petition, he wants the court to declare that the gazetting of Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah as the winner is null and void.

The verdict by the Electoral Commission (EC) in the Techiman South Constituency stated that the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) candidate won with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 per cent of the total valid vote cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 per cent of the total valid votes cast.

But the plaintiff NDC parliamentary candidate insists this is not representative of the facts.

“That per the pink sheets, the Petitioner got from the agents at each of the 267 polling stations, the petitioner garnered 50,306 votes in the parliamentary election at the Techiman South Constituency whilst the 1st Respondent got 50,013 votes,” portions of the petition indicated.

Mr Beyere further prays the court to declare “that all actions taken by the said returning officer as well as by the 2nd Respondent consequent upon the said declaration of the 1st Respondent as the winner of the parliamentary election are all void”.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams

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