NDC refers injunction to lawyers

Mr Samuel  Ofosu Ampofo

Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken steps to resolve the issues emanating from the court injunction placed on its presidential primary so as not to affect the election before January 26, 2019.

The writ of sermons which triggered the granting of the injunction on Tuesday has been forwarded to the party’s lawyers for the necessary action to be taken on the case brought by two party members.

James Kabu Nartey-Oman, a branch secretary in the Bortianor/Ngleshie Amanfro Constituency of the NDC and Abdallah Issah, a branch Communication Manager of the NDC sued the party and applied for an injunction ahead of the hearing of the substantive case in which they are challenging the legality of the rules and guidelines covering the NDC presidential primary.

They are challenging sections of the rules and guidelines which require a person has to be a member of the party for ten years before he or she can contest to lead the party as presidential candidate, as well as the initial GHȻ400,000 filing fee for aspirants.

Peter Otokunor, a Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Otokunor confirmed the party has been served with court documents and have been forwarded to their legal team for advice, saying, “We have given the writ of sermons to our lawyers to take action and may not change the issues, hence the party does not foresee a distraction of the timetable due to the injunction.”

Eight of the flagbearer hopefuls raised concerns about the GHȻ 400,000 filing fee announced by the party for the presidential primary and consequently petitioned the NDC Council of Elders on the matter.

They were Alban Bagbin, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Sylvester Mensah, Stephen Atubiga, Nurudeen Iddrisu, Goosie Tanoh, Kojo Bonsu and Elikplim Agbemava had described the fee as unreasonable and proposed GHȻ5,000 for the nomination forms and additional GHȻ100,000 as filing fees.

They also want to be given six weeks to complete their nomination forms, and move the presidential primary from the scheduled January 19, 2019 to March 2019.

The petitioners alleged that the National Executive Committee (NEC) failed to meet the procedural requirements in the party’s constitution in publishing the guidelines for the presidential primary, exceeded its powers and bias by imposing additional eligibility criteria on aspirants.

Following an intervention by the Council of Elders, the party slashed the amount by GHȻ100,000 and also pushed the primary to January 26, 2019. -3news.com

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