The Electoral Commission (EC) has noted that it will not supervise the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries unless all legal actions against the party are resolved.
On Tuesday, May 09, flagbearer aspirant Dr. Kwabena Duffuor filed a lawsuit against the party over alleged issues of discrepancies ahead of their primaries on May 13.
The EC has therefore indicated that it would be unable to regulate proceedings should the case not be resolved before the day of the primaries.
This was made known on Wednesday 10th May during a meeting with all aspirants and party executives.
“Yesterday we were served with an Application for Interlocutory Injunction seeking to restrain the Commission from supervising the conduct of the Presidential and Parliamentary Primaries due to the alleged anomalies with the register.
“Gentlemen, in order that we are not cited for contempt, the Commission has taken the decision not to supervise the conduct of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections until after the determination of the case by the court,” the Chairperson of the Commission, Madam Jean Mensa said.
The plaintiff, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor alleged that the party failed to provide the required photo album register in accordance with the dictates of the party’s rules. According to him, the photo album was to be made available 5 weeks to the primaries but he was served the document on May 4, a week to the event.
He has therefore requested the court to grant an interlocutory injunction to prevent the party from undertaking the exercise while also suing some party heads.
Meanwhile, the Director of Legal Affairs of the party, Abraham Amaliba also took to clarify issues of concern.
In an interview with JoyNews, the legal practitioner said issues raised by the aspirant are not new to the party and that the party always resolves them before the day of the election.
According to him, Dr. Duffuor’s and his team failed to attend a meeting held for party executives and aspirants in order to rectify the problem and instead “ran to court.”
“You talk about discrepancies. This happens. When these things happen, we invite the aspirants to a meeting with the election committee. And while this meeting is going on, there’s somebody who’s sitting with the computer and then the corrections are inserted. This was a meeting that would have happened yesterday but they abandoned the meeting and ran to court,” he explained.