An Accra High Court has given a default judgment in favour of the counsel for the petitioners in the 2013 Presidential petition, Phillip Addison and one other against the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) demanding annulment of Korle Klottey parliamentary primary results.
The decision was reached by the court following the party’s inability to make a representation in court to itself which is likely to cause the primaries in the area to be re-run.
Mr. Addison and another, Nii Adjei Tawiah claim the elections on August 2 which was won by Valentino Nii Noi were illegal.
According to them, more than half of the delegates were disenfranchised, and that the organization of the elections was in violation of the tenets of democratic principles that are supposed to govern the elections.
They also claim there was no accreditation and that the register that was used was not certified. The election they say violated article 55 of the New Patriotic Party’s constitution. The petitioners are asking the court to declare that the election was an illegality.
The complainants in their suit also argue that:
- There was no accreditation for the purported election on August, 2, 2015.
- The voters register used for the conduct of the purported elections on August, 2, 2015, was not the one certified by the Korle Klottey Parliamentary Elections Committee for the conduct of the elections
- The rules and regulations required the Parliamentary Elections Committee to receive and keep the constituency register until same is submitted to the Electoral Commission. The duly certified register was inspected by all the aspirants and same was kept by the Parliamentary Elections Committee Secretary.
- This was never made available to the Electoral Commission because the 2nd day of August, 2015, was not the agreed date for the conduct of the polls.
Speaking to Kasapa News, Mr Adjei Tawiah who was a parliamentary aspirant and one of the petitioners said they had to resort to the courts to seek redress as the party failed to address their earlier petition filed.
He said the court decision is in the best interest of the party as its ruling will ensure that the right thing which is to re-run the primaries is done.
Meanwhile in the past one month, new campaign posters of Lawyer Addison have been splashed all over the constituency. The development raised eye brows with several people wondering what Lawyer Addison’s motive was, to have posted his posters.