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Politics of Thursday, 12 February 2015


DA elections in limbo: EC finally receives writ

The Electoral Commission (EC) has confirmed receipt of the writ seeking to annul the organisation of the impending District Assembly (DA) elections slated for March 3.

There are now doubts over the elections following a writ filed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, acting for and on behalf of one Benjamin Eyi Mensah, a fisherman from Winneba in the Central Region.

Benjamin Eyi Mensah said he was denied an opportunity to file his nomination to contest the elections despite meeting all conditions to be registered as a candidate because the EC closed nomination before the maturation of Constitutional Instrument (CI) 85.

Mr Mensah wanted to contest as an Assemblyman for the Eyipeh Electoral Area within the Effutu District.

In an earlier interview with Citi News, Afenyo-Markin said all attempts to get the EC to include his client in the process proved futile, hence the decision to go to court.

He accused the Commission of breaching the constitution with their refusal to adhere to the rules governing the conduct of the elections.

But the EC has insisted it followed due process.

Mr. Mensah thus wants the court to “order the Electoral Commission to re-open nominations to enable the Plaintiff and other law abiding citizens…to file their nomination forms to participate in the upcoming District Assembly Elections.”

The Director of Communications at the EC, Christian Owusu Parry has told Citi News, the writ has been forwarded to the lawyers of the Commission for the necessary action to be taken.

“We have been served with the writ and the lawyers know the processes so they will handle the matter,” he remarked.