General News of Thursday, 28 February 2002
Great Consolidated Peoples' Party's (GCPP) candidate, Mr Abdulai Yusif was the first to file his papers for the Bimbilla bye-election, when the filing of nominations opened at 09.00 hours on Wednesday.
Speaking to Ghana News Agency at Bimbilla, Mr Mensah Worlanyoh Tegah, Nanumba District Electoral Officer, said although the other contesting parties, New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peoples' National Convention (PNC) had collected the nominations form, they were yet to file. Mr Tegah explained that the two-day electoral process commenced from 09.00 hours to 12.00 hours and from 14.00 hours to 17.00 hours on each day.
A source close to Bimbilla NPP executives told the Ghana News Agency that Mr Dominic Ntiwul, the man at the centre of a political controversy between the NPP and PNC, was among the three people that would be contesting for the ticket of the party at a constituency congress on Thursday to elect its parliamentary candidate.
The PNC said it was looking for a new candidate. The PNC on Monday filed a writ at Temale High Court seeking a declaration to stop Mr Ntiwul from contesting the bye-election on the ticket of any other political party other than the PNC.
The writ is also seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the EC from putting the name of Mr Nitwul forward or holding him out as a candidate for the Bimbilla bye-election.
The writ is fixed for hearing at the court on Thursday, February 28. Meanwhile, all the contesting parties have mounted loud speakers on their vehicles and are campaigning in the town, which appeared calm and peaceful.