NPP’s Special Congres In Danger?

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe fate of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Special Delegates’ Congress slated for Sunday, August 31, hangs in balance as an Accra Fast Track High Court rules on the matter today.

This follows a suit filed at the court by David Hoezame, a former constituency chairman for the Central Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, seeking for an injunction to suspend the congress.

The congress is geared towards pruning to five, the seven candidates vying for the presidential candidate of the party.

The five would then contest again at National Delegates’ Congress where the eventual victor becomes the presidential candidate of the party.

According to the petitioner, per the party’s constitution, the candidates needed six months to campaign; therefore it would be illegal for the polls to be held on Sunday, considering the time frame for the filing of nominations.

The court presided by Mr. Justice K. A. Ofori Atta, during its last sitting scheduled   Wednesday, September 3, for its ruling.

However, at yesterday’s sitting, the counsel for the NPP, led by Godfred Odame prayed the court to give its final judgment today to enable the party hold the event on Sunday.

He noted that the case lacked merit and should therefore, be thrown out.

He further argued that the party has already completed all processes with the Electoral Commission therefore delay would be an additional burden for the party.

But the Court noted that since the plaintiff and its counsel were absent, any ruling on the matter would be unconstitutional.

It therefore, directed the defendants to serve plaintiff a notice either through phone call or by email to enable its rule on the case today.

By Bernard Benghan

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