Supreme Court rules in Dr. Zanetor Rawlings case

Dr. Zanetor Rawlings

Dr. Zanetor Rawlings

The Supreme Court will today determine the fate of Dr. Zanetor Agyemang Rawlings as it delivers it ruling in the case challenging her eligibility to contest on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), as parliamentary candidate for Klottey Korle Constituency.

The incumbent Member of Parliament, Nii Armah Ashietey, after he lost the parliamentary primaries to Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, filed a suit at an Accra Human Rights Court, challenging the eligibility of the latter.

However, counsel for the defendant (Dr.Zanetor Rawlings), later filed an ex parte motion at the Supreme Court to order the High court to stay proceedings, following some alleged procedural errors.

The five-member Supreme Court  panel of judges presided over Justice William Atuguba made this known, pursuant to an earlier order  to the lawyers for both parties to submit their written addresses before June 6, which they complied with.

Following that Justice Atuguba said the court would pronounce its judgement on the case today.

He added that the court would consider when it could properly be said that a Ghanaian citizen who is a not a registered voter, qualifies to be a Member of Parliament pursuant to article 94(1).

The Supreme Court on June 15, struck out an application for judicial review by counsel for Nii Armah Ashiettey, for the court to reconsider its ruling for the High Court to stay proceedings in the case.

The Supreme Court on May 19, by a 4-1 majority decision ordered the Accra Human Rights High Court, General Jurisdiction ‘6’ to temporary discontinue with the hearing of the substantive case before it, until the final determination of an application for an order of certiorari filed by Dr. Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, restraining Justice Kweku Ackah Boafo from proceeding with the contentious case before him.

The judges on the majority side were Justices William Atuguba (President) A. A. Benin, Yaw Apau and Gabriel Pwamang, with Mr. Justice K. Anin-Yeboah dissenting.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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