Savelugu, Zabzugu MPs affirmed by high court in election petitions

 The Tamale High Court has dismissed a parlia­mentary election petition brought against the Member of Parliament for the Savelugu Con­stituency by the New Patriotic Party parliamentary candidate for the area, Mohammed Abdul Somed Gunu.

After the Electoral Commis­sion (EC) declared NDC’s Abdul Jacob Iddrisu as the winner of the polls in the constituency in the 2020 general election, the NPP parliamentary candidate filed a petition to protest the results.

The petitioner claimed that the election which saw the MP emerg­ing as the winner was fraught with malpractices, irregularities, over voting among others, and thus prayed the court to annul the results.

However, in its ruling on Friday, the High Court, presided over by Justice Daniel Obeng, ruled that the allegations raised by the petitioner were just administra­tive errors and did not affect the outcome of the elections, hence the declaration of the results by the EC was valid.

The court has therefore ordered the petitioner to pay an amount of GH¢40,000 and GH¢20,000 to the elected Mem­ber of Parliament and the EC respectively.

In a related development, a petition filed by the 2020 Zabzugu NDC parliamentary candidate, Umar Alhassan, against the elected Member of Parliament, John Bennam Jabaah, after he was declared winner of the 2020 parliamentary elections has also been dismissed by the court.


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