NDC polls: Parties agree out-of-court settlement

The applicants in a court case against the main opposition National Democratic Congress’ flag bearer primary have decided to settle the case out of court. Mr Abdallah Issah, a Branch Communication Manager of the party; and James Kabu Nartey-Oman, a Branch Secretary in the Bortianor/Ngleshie Amanfro Constituency of the NDC, had their lawyers inform the court of their decision on Monday, 14 January 2019...


The applicants in a court case against the main opposition National Democratic Congress’ flag bearer primary have decided to settle the case out of court.

Mr Abdallah Issah, a Branch Communication Manager of the party; and James Kabu Nartey-Oman, a Branch Secretary in the Bortianor/Ngleshie Amanfro Constituency of the NDC, had their lawyers inform the court of their decision on Monday, 14 January 2019.

The court presided over by Justice Georgina Mensah Datsa, ordered the two parties to file their terms of the settlement in three days. Following the court action, all processes toward the primary, including vetting of presidential aspirants, were halted.

The two went to court to challenge the rules and guidelines set for the primary.

In their statement of claim, the two expressed reservations with the filing fee before it was reviewed downwards.

They were also unhappy about the fact that, a particular rule which states that one has to be a member of the party for ten years before contesting for the presidential primary, had been breached.

The applicants were also seeking a declaration that the introduction of specific eligibility criteria as conditions for flag bearer candidates was at odds with the letter and spirit of the NDC’s Constitution.

They also want the court to declare that the procedure adopted by the NDC via the National Executive Committee (NEC), in the preparation and presentation of the guidelines, together with the amendments without prior consultation of the National Council of Elders, were unlawful.

A further order directing the NDC to conduct its 2019 flag bearer election in a free, fair, transparent and inclusive manner in accordance with the NDC constitution was also sought.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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