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We are yet to serve Kofi Adams with our injunction suit – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it is yet to serve Buem MP-elect, Kofi Adams with a writ following an injunction suit filed at the Hohoe High Court.

This is after some petitioners challenged the validity of the parliamentary results, citing their inability to exercise their franchise in the December 7 parliamentary elections.

According to the plaintiffs, residents within some 13 electoral areas of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi, and Likpe (SALL), were not allowed to cast their ballots during the elections, hence the decision to drag the MP-elect for Buem to court since these areas fall within his constituency.

But touching on the injunction that has been filed, the National Campaign Manager of the NPP for the 2020 election, Peter Mac Manu said, the MP-elect for Buem is yet to be served since he has not been located.

“We are looking for Kofi Adams to serve him because it [the case] is coming on at the Hohoe High Court. We are not doing ex-parte. It is on notice so on Wednesday we will meet him at the Hohoe court,” he said.

Background

Some 13 people in the Oti Region have filed a suit challenging the election of Kofi Adams as Member of Parliament for the Buem constituency.

The petitioners in their suit argue that they were disenfranchised when parliamentary elections were not held in 13 electoral areas of SALL where they were expected to cast their ballot.

The petitioners are therefore seeking an “order of perpetual injunction restraining Kofi Adams from holding himself out as Member of Parliament-elect for the constituency and or presenting himself to be sworn in as such.”

They are also seeking a cancellation of the elections held in the constituency and the conduct of a new one which will include the 13 electoral areas.

Kofi Adams was declared Member of Parliament-Elect for the Buem Constituency having polled 18,560 votes out of the total valid votes cast.

Lawrence Kwame Aziale of the New Patriotic Party polled 6,854 votes, a difference of 11,706 votes.

But the petitioners contend that the total registered voters for the 13 electoral areas in the traditional areas of SALL are 17,764 voters.

“In the circumstance, the Petitioners will contend that if the said 17,764 voters inclusive of their good selves had not been denied their inalienable and constitutionally guaranteed right to select a Member of Parliament of their choice the outcome of the elections in the Buem Constituency could have been substantially different.”

“The petitioners will also contend that unless this Court if the demands are not met, they will be saddled with a Member of Parliament they had no say in electing.”

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