Last-minute court injunction on elections frustrating; NPP to meet Chief Justice on this – John Boadu

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General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu has indicated that last-minute injunction placed on internal elections is disturbing.

He explained that persons wait for the entire elections to be planned, with hotels and venues booked and paid for in advance, as well as persons travelling long distances to the venue only to run to court to secure injunction on the elections.

This makes the exercise frustrating, he added.

To that end, he said the NPP will be having a discussion with the Chief Justice to see how this can be stopped in future elections across the political parties.

His comments come after the NPP received injunctions stopping its student wing, the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON), and local proxy voters from casting their ballots in the ongoing delegates conference on Saturday July 16. This affected over 300 students from voting.

Mr Boadu who is seeking a re-election told journalists at the venue of the polls, the Accra Sports Stadium that “It is something that frustrates us a lot particularly in our internal elections. People will wait a day before elections, the election is on the weekend then, you have no option than to just go by the curt decision.

“I made the point that after this internal elections, we will have a course to have a discussion with the Chief Justice because some of these things are not helpful at all. Sometimes you prepare, you hire hotels, you hire venues, you prepare food and at the eleventh hour, somebody just throw in an injunction that frustrates us just like this for instance.

“The person could have even gone for an ex parte motion. This was just served on the Electoral Commission and we have to abide by it.

“The person who sent it alleged that there are fake names in [the register], that there are people who are not qualified and not supposed to be there but didn’t give us the opportunity as a party to correct them, it is sad, sometimes it is a major setback.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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