JUST IN: Court Annuls NPP Polling Station Elections, Orders Fresh Elections(COURT PHOTOS)
A circuit court in Cape Coast has ordered the annulment of polling station elections conducted in the Hemang Lower Denkyira Constituency.
The court wants a free and fair election that would not disenfranchise any party in the electoral process.
Supporters of the governing NPP in the constituency staged a series of protests and accused their MP and the constituency executives of a fraudulent election.
On Tuesday, some of the supporters intimated that acclamations were done at dawn and people who had neither picked forms to contest nor knew nothing about the elections were polling station executives overnight.
They contended that the purported elections- the acclamations- held by party executives through the elections committee were irregular and unwelcoming, hence their challenge of elections at the court.
On Thursday, the court ordered fresh elections to be conducted, supervised by the Central Regional Party executives.
The party supporters poured out onto the street with excitement after the court gave its ruling.
The jubilant party supporters chanted victory songs, beat drums, jumped in excitement, milled through the highway and then presented a petition to the Regional Party Executives.
“This is a sweet victory, and we are happy that justice has been served. However, we knew that what they had done was untoward, and that’s why we came to seek redress with the courts,” one of the supporters said.
Another supporter argued, “Our MP and the party constituency executives were sowing seeds of division by holding such questionable elections. We need peace, so we want the right thing to be done. We are happy that the court has vindicated our position. ”
Central Region Communications officer of the party, Robert Amissah, received the petition on behalf of the party and assured them the party would look into the various issues that have been raised and work on an amicable resolution.