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15-Jan-2013  
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Four parliamentary candidates of the New Patriotic Party in the Greater Accra Region, have filed petitions at the Accra High Court to contest their various constituency parliamentary results of the December 7, 2012 election.

They are Lawyer, Ayikoi Otoo, of the Krowor constituency, Ebenezer Gilbert Nii Narh Nartey of Ablekuma Central, Fred Adjetey Larbie of Bortianor/Ngleshie Amanfrom, and Samuel J. Adjei Tawiah of Klottey Korle.

The petitions filed last Friday, seek to annul the results of the parliamentary candidates elections citing various reasons, including over-voting, voting without biometric verification and lack of certification of the results, among others.

A copy of the petition filed by Mr. Nartey against the Electoral Commission and the candidate of the National Democratic Congress, Theophilus Tetteh Chaie, said there was non-compliance with the Constitution, PNDC Law 284, as well as the Public Elections Regulations (C.I. 75).

He said he would lead evidence to show that there were over-voting at several polling stations in the Ablekuma Central constituency, where valid and rejected ballots exceeded the number of ballots issued to voters.

According to him, there was the need to for the High Court to nullify a total of 13,170 votes and deduct same from the 10 parliamentary candidates who contested the elections in the constituency.

"The unique code assigned for each polling station was duplicated in some polling stations," he claimed, adding that contrary to C.I. 75, "there was no biometric verification during the voting in several polling stations".

Further, he claimed that the presiding officers of several polling stations in the constituency failed to certify the results when they failed to sign the Mr. Nartey averred that there were widespread instances where the words and figures of votes cast as recorded on the pink or blue sheets did not tally, thus raising doubts as to which results were actually recorded.

In view of the claims, he is urging the High Court to scrutinise the collated figures leading to the declaration of his contender as the winner of the elections, adding "it would become clear that the second respondent was not successful at the election".

He said failure to comply with the constitution and C.I. 75 meant that the elections were not conducted in accordance with the law and that the failure affected the final results of the election.

Consequently, Mr. Nartey is praying the court to declare him as the winner of the Ablekuma Central Parliamentary election.

The petitions are said to have been served on the EC and the various respondents who are expected to respond before dates would be fixed for hearing.
 
 
Source: Ghanaian Times
 
 

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