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NPP constituency elections rocked by injunctions

An injunction has been placed on the Cape Coast North Constituency polls

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has begun the process of electing constituency executives across the country.

The mandate of the current executives in the 275 constituencies has expired and new ones will be elected over a three-day period.

The polls were originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday, February 21 and end on Saturday, February 24. But this was changed by the party due to stakeholder engagements.

READ: NPP constituency executive elections pushed to Saturday

It is now scheduled to end on Tuesday.

But even before the process began, court injunctions have been slapped on some of them.

Acting General Secretary John Boadu had assured at a news conference on Monday, February 12 that his Deputy, Nana Obiri Boahene, was on top of the legal battles.

But it seems most of them have not been amicably resolved.

At the Cape Coast South Constituency in the Central Region, some members of the party secured an injunction on Friday night to stop the elections.

The party members had given the party a 24-hour ultimatum to disqualify geologist Alex Hagan-Mensah, who is vying for the chairmanship.

According to Minnow Afful, a spokesperson for the concerned members, Mr Hagan-Mensah is not a registered voter in the constituency.

In the Greater Accra Region, specifically the Ablekuma Central Constituency, one Daniel Koranteng secured an ex parte injunction on the polls.

The suit cites the party, both national and regional offices, and the constituency and polling station branches as defendants.

In the New Edubiase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, the polls have been suspended for reasons yet to be made known.

In Manhyia South, the Member of Parliament, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, is said to have defied an injunction by ordering the polls to be held.

This created chaos between the factions.

In Techiman North Constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, delegates and, indeed, party members fumed at the instruction of the Regional Chairman to have the polls suspended.

No reason has, so far, been given for the decision.

There were smooth runs, nonetheless, at other constituencies.

Krowor, for instance, had uninterrupted polls, as reported by Media General’s Selorm Amenyah.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

 

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