In the New Juaben South Constituency, certain members of the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, have secured a court injunction against the impending polling station and area coordinator elections.
Jalil Ibn Tahir, Amoh Jonas, Ako George, and Mable Asantewaa Aikins, the four plaintiffs, allege that the constituency executives made an intentional endeavor to prevent all contestants from receiving nomination forms.
They believe that the executives are surreptitiously selling forms to their preferred candidates, depriving others the chance to run for office.
They accused the Chairman of the Constituency, Prince Benjamin Aboagye, and the Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Alhassan of neglecting to open nominations on the scheduled day, February 19, 2022.
They also charged them with failing to convey the location of the nomination form pick-up, as was required of them.
Despite petitioning the elections committee about the situation, the plaintiffs claim that nothing was done about it.
They want the court to order the defendants to cancel the entire electioneering process as a result of the irregularities, as well as “an order of the court directed at the defendants who are in charge/custody of the nomination forms for the polling station and electoral area coordinators election to make same available to all eligible prospective candidates in the upcoming polling station and electoral area coordinators elections New Juaben Constituency.”
They also want the selling of nomination forms to be delegated to the national executives, as well as an order that “no potential aspirant will be refused access to the purchase of application forms.”
Certain NPP members have accused executives of offering preferential treatment in the distribution of polling station election forms in some seats, causing divisions within the party.
Party members in other regions of the nation are also opposing the executives’ decision to sell the forms to them after several NPP bigwigs declared that they had paid for them.
On March 24-25, 2020, polling station elections will take place. Accusations that certain party officials are withholding nomination forms have sparked outrage in a number of constituencies.
The shambles began in Manhyia North, where an executive was forced to seek safety at a police station after being harassed by fans.
In the Volta Region, conflicts over the delivery of nomination forms have prompted certain Ho Central Constituency executives, hopefuls, and NPP polling station executives to threaten to disrupt the NPP’s constituency elections.
Some party supporters in the Greater Accra Region’s Odododiodioo constituency protested against the party’s leadership, accusing them of distributing forged forms.
Because of the tensions, the NPP’s National Executive Committee convened a meeting to discuss the situation.
The NPP has said that it would look into the problems that have caused confusion in the distribution of forms in several areas across the country