Three constituency executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have filed a suit praying the high court to stop the Electoral Commission (EC) from allowing the NPP’s parliamentary candidate for Amasaman from picking and filing his nomination forms to stand in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
All three plaintiffs – Isaac Owusu Ansah, NPP polling station chairman of Church of Pentecost Abease in the Nsakina electoral area, Mohammed Gumah, NPP polling station chairman of the Methodist Church, Oduman Nsakina electoral area, and Louis Boakye, NPP youth organiser of the Mayera electoral area – live in the Amasaman constituency.
They contend that there is a suit pending at the high court, filed by Rockson Adu Boahene, challenging the legality and constitutionality of the election of Akwasi Afrifa-Mensa as the NPP parliamentary candidate for the constituency.
To this end, the applicants claim that should the EC allow Afrifa-Mensa to pick up forms and contest in the parliamentary elections, it will prove detrimental ultimately to the NPP as a whole if the court in the pending suit finds his election to be invalid.
The plaintiff/applicants are therefore seeking three reliefs. These are, first, “a declaration barring the said Akwasi Afrifa-Mensa from holding himself out as the New Patriotic Party parliamentary candidate for the Amasaman constituency until the final determination of Suit No. HR/0041/20”.
Second, they are seeking “an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants (the Electoral Commission of Ghana and the district director, Electoral Commission of Ghana, Amasaman) from allowing the said Akwasi Afrifa-Mensa purporting to be the New Patriotic Party parliamentary candidate for the Amasaman constituency from picking and filing nomination forms to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections in the Amasaman constituency in the manner to be prescribed by the defendants”.
Third, they are praying the court for “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from allowing the said Akwasi Afrifa-Mensa purporting to be the New Patriotic Party parliamentary candidate for the Amasaman constituency from picking and filing nomination forms to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections in the Amasaman constituency”.
According to the document setting out the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction cited by Asaase Radio, the application is scheduled to be moved in court on 15 October 2020 at 9am.
The Electoral Commission opened up its online portal for interested applicants to download nomination forms about 21 days ago and the the Commission is expected to receive completed forms for presidential and parliamentary candidates alike between 5 and 9 October 2020, well before the 7 December general election.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio