EC fined GH4,000 for violating court processes in the Techiman South case.
• The hearing is part of a matter brought before the court by the NDC’s 2020 Techiman South contender, who is disputing the present MP’s election.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has been fined GH4,000 by the Wenchi High Court for refusing to grant an application to submit a motion in the Court of Appeal.
According to graphic.com.gh, the court refused to grant the notice of stay of proceedings filed by the EC’s counsel in the case brought to it by Christopher Beyere Baasongti, the NDC’s parliamentary candidate in the 2020 elections, to challenge the court’s ruling during its previous sitting on Friday, July 30, 2021.
The Wenchi High Court allowed the petitioner’s plea to change the title of the writ during that session, however after the EC refused to grant the application, the body was fined GH4,000.
Since then, the court has rescheduled the hearing for Friday, October 14, 2021.
He claimed that even without the approval of the High Court, the Court of Appeal may have proceeded to stay its proceedings ahead of any EC appeal, claiming that the court operated within its jurisdiction.
The EC’s counsel, Emmanuel Addae, has justified the stay of proceedings by claiming that it was necessary for him to file some supplemental statements in support of their motion.
The NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, responded by saying that the party was changing tactics in the lawsuit because it understood it didn’t have a case.
He went on to say that while the petition was being heard, the EC might appeal its case to the Court of Appeal.
Christopher Baasongti of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has filed a petition in the Wenchi High Court challenging Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah’s election as MP for Techiman South in the December 2020 parliamentary election.