Frederick Fredua Anto

There is confusion at the Ejisu branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over who becomes the next polling station chairman in the upcoming polling station elections of the party.

This has compelled one of the affected persons, Justice Afful to institute a legal action against the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, the Ejisu Constituency Chairman of the party and the Chairman of the Elections Committee in the constituency.

In his statement of claim, a copy of which is in the possession of DAILY GUIDE, Afful averred that being desirous of contesting for the position of a Polling Station Chairman, he picked one of the forms at the national headquarters of the NPP, completed and submitted it to constituency office in line with the guidelines for the conduct of the upcoming elections.

Lawyers for the plaintiff from Afrifa and Co chambers stated that the Ejisu Chairman and members that constitute the Election Committee rejected his forms because they claimed it did not bear the stamp of the constituency chairman and the signature of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

Interestingly, he claimed the constituency chairman and Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, the MP for Ejisu, had selected some forms that the constituency chairman had endorsed, which was acceptable to the election committee for the election to the position of Polling Station Chairman.

Afful indicated that to date nothing has been done about the situation even though he lodged a complaint with the Regional Chairman.

He therefore described the conduct of defendants as undemocratic, unacceptable and contrary to the laid down rules for the conduct of the elections.

According to him, ?If permitted to continue, it will disintegrate the party.

?This inappropriate conduct is meant to ensure that only the cronies of the members of the committee get elected to occupy this position.?

Meanwhile, the Election Committee has set November 15, 2013 to conduct the election.

Justice Afful is therefore seeking an order of the court to place a perpetual injunction to restrain the defendants, their assigns, worksmen and any person acting on their behalf, from preventing him from contesting for the position.

He is also praying the court for an order to compel them to accept his forms to enable him contest for the position of Polling Station Chairman of the Ejisu constituency.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu


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