The presidential and parliamentary primaries of the opposition National Democratic Congress will be supervised by the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
The EC, which earlier abstained from the exercise a a result of a two injunctions placed on the process said it will now handle the poll because the two plaintiffs have discontinued their cases.
A statement from the Chairperson of the Commission said ”Following the discontinuance of the application for an injunction seeking to restrain the EC from conducting the National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries by the applicants namely Dr Kwabena Duffuor and Mr Edgar Asamoah Boateng, all legal barriers have been removed and the way is now clear for the Commission to supervise the Conduct of the NDC primaries slated for Saturday 13th May 2023.”
“The Commission has this afternoon held meetings with the leadership of the NDC to finalize modalities for the conduct of the elections. Arrangements are being put in place to ensure credible and transparent elections,” the statement added.
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— Electoral Commission Of Ghana (@ECGhanaOfficial) May 12, 2023
Chairman of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia had earlier indicated the EC had agreed with the party executives to handle the polls since the issues in court have been amicably taken care of.
“We are looking forward to them performing their obligation,” he said at a press conference in Accra on Friday, May 12.
“But the election directorate of the party should be on standby,” he added
The EC announced that it was no more going to be in charge following the injunctions that bared them from taking charge of the elections.
The Commission said the earlier decision was to avoid contempt of court.
This led to the NDC’s General Secretary Franklin Fifi Kwetey assuring that “the election directorate of the NDC will take full charge of the elections if the EC is unable to show up.”
He stressed, “if the EC is unable to be present to conduct this primary, we will ensure that the election directorate will be in charge.”
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