District Assembly elections suffer another court case

With barely a week to go for the District Assembly elections across the country, the September 1 exercise has suffered yet another court case.

A Kumasi High Court has granted a limited injunction on Tuesday’s district assembly elections following an application by a disqualified aspirant for Dichemso electoral area in Kumasi. 

Kwabena Senkyire is seeking re-election as an assembly member for the Dichemso electoral area but was disqualified following a petition claiming he is affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Per the statues of the Ghanaian electoral laws, contestants are not allowed to be affiliated to political parties and it was on these grounds that Mr. Senkyire has been disqualified. 

The aspirant argues he was cheated because he was not given the chance to tell his side of the story before being given a disqualification letter.

This means the elections at Dichemso will NOT come off, at least for the next seven days until the court looks into the matter.

Another aspirant Dominic Nsiah Asare has also threatened to go to court.

He argues that the evidence presented by the New Patriotic Party’s running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia indicates that the voters’ register is bloated and cannot be used for the District level elections.

The Supreme Court earlier this year directed the Electoral Commissioner to re-schedule the District Assembly elections from March 2015, after an aspirant, Benjamin Ayi Mensah dragged the EC to court over disqualification reasons.

He was denied the opportunity to file his nomination despite meeting all conditions stipulated by the commission.

By 3news.com|Ghana

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