Abraham Amaliba, the director of legal affairs for the National Democratic Congress, has announced that the court will instead hear a move for abridgement of the lawsuit made against the party’s primaries on Friday, May 18, which is a Friday, rather than the original May 15, which is a Monday.
The party needs the revised date in order to hold it anticipated presidential and parliamentary primaries on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
In an interview with Joy FM’s Top Story on Wednesday monitored by Ghanatodayonline.com, Mr. Amaliba claimed the party had requested a reduction in the time allotted after flagbearer contender Dr. Kwabena Duffour filed a lawsuit to prevent the presidential primaries from happening on Saturday, May 13.
Lawyer Amaliba stated “We actually wanted Thursday, but the registry indicated to us that that is difficult because of some issues relating to scanning of the processes that would have to take place. And the judge who is going to preside must have foreknowledge of the process, so the available time has been fixed for Friday”.
He stated that they would file a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the party would suffer significantly if the injunction were to be granted.
The party has spent a lot of money on this. Remember that delegates have begun to make their way to their centers. People in island settlements who must go by river for a day before going somewhere else to sleep have started leaving, so if you consider the repercussions and hardships individually, it is undoubtedly the party that will suffer.
This comes after Dr. Kwabena Duffour, a candidate for the presidential primary, filed a lawsuit against the party on Tuesday, alleging that there are anomalies in the party’s voter list that would be utilized for the election.
Dr. Kwabena Duffour, a candidate for the presidential nomination, filed a lawsuit against the party on Tuesday as a result of what he claims are certain anomalies in the party’s voter list that would be utilized for the election.
Dr. Duffour claimed in a petition submitted to an Accra High Court that the party violated party regulations by failing to deliver the necessary picture album register five weeks prior to the elections.
He claimed that rather than in March when they had requested one, a partial photo album record was delivered to his team on May 4, just days before the polls.
He claimed that rather than in March when they had requested one, a partial photo album record was supplied to his team on May 4, a few days before the polls.
Additionally, the former finance minister requests that the party send him the entire voter register at least five weeks before the election.
Only 220 out of the 275 constituencies’ data, according to the complaint, have been verified. He claims that a remarkable list of 74,799 people has been prepared, but there is insufficient information to verify it.
Dr. Duffuor’s writ stated in part, “For no plausible reason, 3,910 eligible voters at the 220 constituencies have been disenfranchised.
He continues by arguing that the photo album released by the NDC electoral directorate with the general secretary of the party’s knowledge, assent, and implicit support will damage the election’s integrity and work against him.
“The Plaintiff adds that to their utmost surprise, upon verification, it was found that the number of constituencies on the hard drive given to his representatives was 220 in number as opposed to the alleged number of 228 constituencies indicated by the Defendant,” he stated.
“The Plaintiff adds further that an initial verification of the said 220 constituencies on the hard drive given to his representatives by the 2nd Defendant established basic errors and inaccuracies that render the Photo Album Register inaccurate and unreliable for a free, fair and credible elections.”
Dr. Duffour continued that the party had ignored his plea to delay the elections until a complete picture album register was obtained.
He is requesting an interlocutory injunction from the court to prevent the May 13 elections from being held by the party and those who have been sued, including the General Secretary, Election Director, co-candidates John Mahama and Kojo Bonsu, and the Electoral Commission.