Court places injunction on NDC primary

NDC INJUNCTION- Mr Ofosu Ampofo, Nat'l Chairman, NDC

NDC INJUNCTION- Mr Ofosu Ampofo, Nat’l Chairman, NDC

An Accra high court has placed an injunction on the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) upcoming presidential primary scheduled for January 26, 2018.

James Kabu Nartey and Abdallah Issah (plaintiffs) took the legal action against the party yesterday to challenge the rules and guidelines set for the presidential primary.

They argued that the party’s filing and nomination fees which generated a huge controversy, violated the guidelines of the 1992 Constitution.

The court restrained the NDC committees, agents, private servants or authorised bodies and all persons acting through them from proceeding with the NDC 2019 presidential primary in the manner outlined in the guidelines as amended or until the final determination of the suit.

The injunction has been placed for 10 days after which the plaintiffs can reapply for a notice to halt the electoral process.

Some flagbearer hopefuls had been protesting the decision of the National Executive Committee to charge each aspirant GH¢420,000 as filing and nomination fee.

Their petition to the party’s Council of Elders on the matter forced the Council of Elders to cause the fee to be slashed by GH¢100,000, making it GH¢300,000 and also pushed for it to be held on January 26, 2019 instead of the initial January 19, 2019 date.

The December 4 nomination deadline was extended to Saturday December 8, to allow persons who could not pick forms more time to do so.

Before the intervention, five of the aspirants, namely, former President John Mahama, Professor Joshua Alabi, Alban Bagbin, Sylvester Mensah and Stephen Atubiga picked their nomination forms for GH¢20,000 each.

So far, three hopefuls, Elikplim Agbemava, Stephen Atubiga and Kojo Bonsu, have opted out of the race with Messrs Agbemava and Stephen Atubiga, announcing their respective decisions, had decided to throw their weight behind the candidature of former President Mahama. –

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