9 November 2012

Ghana: NDP Supporters Throng Court Premises

Scores of supporters of the National Democratic Party (NDP) yesterday besieged the premises of the Human Rights Court, threatening mayhem and adopting all means to prevent the forth-coming elections from taking place if their presidential nominee was not added to the list of presidential aspirants for the election.

They poured out invectives on the court for adjourning the case to November 16, this year, and further questioned why the President, who is a contestant in the general election, is scared of their candidate, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, a woman.

The court had adjourned the case on the request of counsel for the NDP, Mr. Raja Stanley Ahorlu, who pleaded with the court to allow it amend its request currently before it.

According to counsel, at the time his client filed the motion for "mandamus" against the Electoral Commission (EC) on October 25, this year, the party was not privy to certain essential information that would help in executing their agenda before the court.

According to counsel, his client want to include the latest information gathered, adding that if their request was not granted, it would affect the party immensely.

Meanwhile, the court granted the request of the NDP as the EC did not oppose the application.

NDP filed an application for Mandamus before the court to compel the EC to allow its flagbearer, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings to contest the up-coming presidential election.

The former First Lady was disqualified, following her inability to complete filing processes, as a result of which the NDP is seeking a judicial review before the Human Rights court.

The applicant is seeking a declaration from the court, as to whether or not the EC has the right to disqualify its presidential candidate, as well as a compelling order directing the EC to include its presidential nominee on the list of presidential candidates for the election slated for December 7, this year.

The NDP, in its latest request that precipitated the amendment of their application was to demand which authority made the EC decide to disqualify their presidential nominee.

According to the applicant, the decision of the EC in disqualifying it candidate violates the principles of democratic governance and also infringes the fundamental human rights it enjoys under the Constitution.

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