The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) parliamentary primaries in Asante Mampong have been halted as 35 dissatisfied party members secured an injunction against the exercise.
The NPP in Mampong has been entangled in legal disputes since February 2022 when disgruntled members contested the legitimacy of polling station elections.
The prolonged court case concluded with a dismissal by the High Court in Mampong, allowing the party to proceed with elections for electoral area coordinators and constituency executives.
Subsequently, displeased with the High Court ruling, the plaintiffs obtained a separate injunction, aiming to prevent polling station executives from participating in the NPP’s 2023 presidential primaries.
Despite their efforts, the polling station executives were able to partake in the presidential primaries, as the plaintiffs failed to serve the party on time. Undeterred, the plaintiffs, led by Kofi Sarpong, have now secured a fresh injunction from the Court of Appeal against the scheduled January 27 parliamentary primaries in Mampong.
This move followed the filing of an appeal on the previous case that was dismissed by the High Court.
Alhaji Malik Agyei, the Asante Mampong Constituency Secretary of the NPP, confirmed the suspension of the elections to the media after the party received the injunction.
“We received a letter yesterday, and the understanding is that some 25 people took the party to court on February 25, 2020, and the reason was that polling station elections that were conducted were unclean because they say people were denied forms, others forms were torn, and others were made to contest for positions that they did not intend to contest, and it was dismissed.”
“Little did we know they have gone again to injunct the primaries. I was there yesterday, and they brought an interlocutory injunction from the High Court and so as we speak now, we have been duly served, and it is to be moved on February 14, 2024, and so we await for the court to sit on the injunction to pave way for the primaries.”
Source: Ghana News