Election 2020: Court throws out NDC Techiman South election petition

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The NDC’s challenge against the Techiman South parliamentary election was dismissed by the Wenchi High Court, which is presided over by His Lordship Justice Frederick Arnold Nawura.

The petitioner, Christopher Beyere Baasongti, was also given a cost award by the court in the amount of GHC 100,000.00.

Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah of the NPP was elected as the MP in that seat, and the opposition NDC filed a lawsuit to overturn that decision.

The party claimed in its appeal that while it had won the parliamentary election in the district, it had been defrauded of the win during the violent collation of the results.

After the military fired live ammunition in an effort to restore order, some of the voters who had gathered at the collation center to watch the counting perished.

The petitioner requested, among other things, that the court order the EC to compile the results of all the Techiman South polling stations and officially recognize Dr. Christopher Beyere Baasongti as the genuine victor of the Techiman South 2020 parliamentary elections.

The NPP has consistently insisted that Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, its candidate and current Member of Parliament (MP), was legitimately elected as stated by the Electoral Commission, and has accused the NDC of spreading false information.

The Electoral Commission also contends that Christopher Beyere of the NDC received 49,205 votes compared to Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah’s 49,682 votes.

However, the court found in a decision on Wednesday that the petitioner had failed to persuade the court with any facts or numbers to support the claims he made in his petition.

As a result, Mr. Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah will continue to serve as the Techiman South constituency’s duly elected representative to Parliament.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah

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