Accra, July 15, Ghanadot - The
Supreme Court yesterday unanimously ruled that the Electoral
Commission (EC) will have to re-run elections at six polling
centres in the Akwatia Constituency of the Eastern Region.
The five-member panel chaired by Justice William Atugubah
consequently quashed an earlier decision of the High Court
in Koforidua ordering the EC to re-run the entire Akwatia
The High Court's decision followed a petition by Baba Jamal,
the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, the then NDC candidate
in the 2008 elections, and two independent candidates, Basil
Ahiable and Samuel Abrokwah.
There was misunderstanding over the ballots in the disputed
polling centres amidst claims and counter claims of ballot
box stuffing after some machomen stormed the centres and
attempted to steal the boxes.
The EC, after the poll, announced it would run the Akwatia
polls again but in six polling stations where it was thought
the process was truncated, however the petitioning group
asked it to run the entire constituency.
The fourth candidate was Dr Kofi Asare of the New Patriotic
Party, who supported the decision of the EC to run the
elections again in only the six troubled centres.
Mr. Baba Jamal and the two others therefore went to court to
stop the Electoral Commission from running the poll in only
the six constituencies and also from declaring anyone the
winner of the constituency polls.
However, the counsel for Baba Jamal was disappointed in the
supreme court's ruling.
Accra, July 15, Ghanadot - The Supreme Court
yesterday unanimously ruled that the Electoral Commission
(EC) will have to re-run elections at six polling centres in
the Akwatia Constituency of the Eastern Region......
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