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Zanetor’s ‘smart’ registration won’t save her – Lawyer

Lawyer for incumbent Member of Parliament for the Klottey Korle Constituency, Gary Nimako, has said the sudden registration by Dr. Zanetor Rawlings in the limited voters’ registration exercise, will not exonerate her from any wrongdoing or bring the case to a close.

The incumbent NDC MP had dragged Dr. Rawlings to court challenging her eligibility for contesting in the party’s primary.

According to Mr. Ashietey’s suit at the High Court, the NDC nominee did not qualify to be elected as the parliamentary nominee sincDr zanetor rawlingse at the time of the contest she was not a registered voter in the country

He is therefore praying the court to annul the election and order a re-run of the primary.

But Dr. Zanetor Rawlings in a bid to nullify the charges against her, successfully registered at the Nyaniba polling station at Ridge on Thursday in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, lawyer Nimako argued that Zanetor’s registration cannot validate her election in the NDC primary since she was not a registered voter at that time.

He said Zanetor by her act has vindicated his client and strengthened their case.

“I think we have made this point clear over and over again that the NDC and the political party have put down certain ground rules to regulate the conduct of their parliamentary primaries and among the ground rules is also their own constitution which also regulates the primaries.

“The simple case is that at the time when the primaries was going to be held every candidate was suppose to have met the legal requirements as put down by the party and its internal rules, and among the regulations was that a person seeking to contest must be a registered voter and she was not a registered voter, that is all. So having registered now cannot take retrospective effect to validate the election that took place in November 2015.”

He revealed that his client will still pursue the case until the court gives its final ruling.

“For now, we want the Klottey Korle polls to be nullified. After that we will decide on what to do.”

 

Source: citifmonline.com

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