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The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Aseidu Nketia has directed that the Greater Accra NDC Constituency elections should be put on hold as a result of a number of petitions and court summons received from many party aspirants who want to contest??for executive positions in various constituencies in the region.

According to him, issues raised in these petitions include the reasons given for the disqualification of candidates contrary to the guidelines for these elections issued by the NEC, the mode and manner of the vetting procedures adopted to vet candidates, flaws in branch elections for electing branch executives and threat of disqualification of some candidates.

Aseidu Nketia indicated that the issues raised are worrying that need to be investigated by the National Executive Committee in order to bring sanity, unity and fairness in the conduct of these elections.

To this end, the National Organizer acting on the instructions of the general secretary has directed that the elections in the remaining constituencies where there are petitions and summons be put on hold.

Again, a team from both the national and the regional secretariats to investigate these petitions with a view to advice the General Secretary on the way forward.

The above directive was contained in a letter intercepted by this paper and signed by Hon. A Ofosu-Boateng, Director of Administration for the General Secretary and copied to the Regional Minister, the Constituency Chairmen and all MMDCE?s.

?It is our hope that amicable solutions will be found to ensure peace and unity within the party after this exercise? the letter said.

The Crisis of organizing constituency elections in the Greater Accra National Democratic Congress (NDC), deepened as a result of interlocutory injunction placed on Ablekuman South constituency elections scheduled for Saturday 13th??September, 2014.

This is because an Accra Fast High Court yesterday restrained the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and two of its affiliates from organizing the constituency elections in the Ablekuman South Constituency.

The plaintiff Charles Nii Ankramah Mensah and two others prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction to restrain 1st?and 2ndDefendant/Respondent whether by themselves, agents, assigns, privies, servants and whomsoever of whatever description from conducting the upcoming Ablekuman-South Constituency elections of the NDC party scheduled for 13th?September, 2014 until the definitive determination of the instant suit.

The 1st?Defendant is the NDC Regional Chairman and Party Executives, Accra and 2nd?Defendant are the NDC National Chairman and Party Executives.

The suit follows what the plaintiffs refer to as unfair disqualification by the Greater Accra Regional Chairman in respect to contesting the Ablekuman South Constituency elections.

In a related development, four aspiring candidates from the Kpone Kantamanso constituency have also placed an injunction on their elections slated for the same 13th?September, 2014.

Again, Tema Central, Ododiododio, and other constituencies in the region have all placed an injunction on their elections due to disqualification issues.

However, an Accra Fast High Court on last Friday restrained the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and two of its affiliates from organizing the youth, women and executive elections in the Ningo Prampram Constituency.

The NDC and two affiliate bodies of the party: the Ningo Constituency and the Greater Accra Regional Executive Committee, who were restrained, had scheduled Constituency Executive Elections on September 8.

The four plaintiffs contended that they had been disqualified from contesting the elections by its Vetting Committee in the Ningo Prampram Constituency.

This was after the court presided over by Mr Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh granted an ex-parte motion filed by four party members. The members are Michael Kwetey Tetteh, John Doku Nartey, John Mensah and Daniel Tetteh Lartey.

The order has 10 days to elapse.

The order came after Mr Godwin Kudzo Tamakloe, counsel for Plaintiffs had gone before the court with an order for an interim injunction against the NDC and its two wings from organizing the women, youth and executive elections in the Ningo Prampram Constituency in the Greater Accra Region pending the determination of a substantive matter.

The four members had gone to court to seek a declaration that their disqualification by the Vetting Committee Constituted by Michael Tetteh and John Doku Nartey was illegal, unlawful and clear violation of Article 42 (1) of the NDC.

According to the plaintiffs, their disqualification was done in breach of the fundamental requirement of natural justice and that they should be given fair hearing.

Plaintiffs were also seeking an order directed at the defendants to allow them to contest the upcoming Constituency Executive Committee Elections at Ningo Prampram as per a memorandum of understanding signed by their Acting Regional organizer, Anthony Nukpenu.

?By Samuel Appah-Peniel-THE MOMENT

 

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