A former member of parliament of the New Patriotic Party for Asokwa constituency in Ashanti Region, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, has been sentenced to a fine of GH¢1, 200 by a Kumasi Circuit court for destroying electoral materials.
He would go to jail for six months if he failed to pay the fine.
He was found guilty of causing unlawful damage to electoral materials and was accordingly convicted by the court.
His campaign manager, Oscar Riches, was also fined GH¢950 for resisting arrest. He would go to jail for three months in default.
The court presided by Mrs. Afia Adu-Amankwa, heard that Mr. Jumah had a long rift with the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Patricia Appiagyei.
The Prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Akonnor, told the court that during a parliamentary primary held on June 13, 2015, Mr. Jumah who was said to have suspected some foul deals disrupted the process.
He said the convict accused the Electoral Commission (EC) and some party executives of tampering with the voters’ register in favour of the incumbent.
The Prosecution said the convict then took the album from the officials of the EC, tore it and threw the pieces on the floor.
According to the Prosecutor, following his action, the police quickly arrested him, handcuffed him and together with his accomplice remanded him in police custody at Asokwa and were subsequently charged.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi