Court places injunction on Ghana’s presidential race

The largest opposition party in Ghana, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will no longer be able to hold its flag bearer election as planned.

NDC supporters

This is due to reasons that, an Accra High Court has placed an interim injunction on the election.

The injunction follows when two members of the party filed a suit claiming that the guidelines for the conduct of the election which has been introduced by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, were against the September 1992 constitution of the NDC.

The plaintiffs, which included Abdallah Issa and James Kabu Natey-Oman applied for the injunction to restrain the party and its committees, agents and authorised bodies from proceeding with the 2019 Presidential Election in the manner outlined in the said published guidelines until a final determination of the suit.

The Accra High Court hence granted the injunction on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Nonetheless, the plaintiffs are seeking that the court declares that the guidelines published by the NDC for the presidential election are “null and void” and that it was “ultra vires” to the September 1992 constitution of the NDC.

The election was scheduled to take place on January 26, next year.

Five people have so far filed their nomination for the flagbearer race. The five are former President John Dramani Mahama; the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban S.K. Bagbin; a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi, former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Mensah and one of the founding members of the party, Mr Goosie Tanoh.

Mr Stephen Atubiga who showed interest has withdrawn from the race and has called for support for former President John Dramani Mahama to lead the party to Election 2020.

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