Assembly members threaten to sue EC over cancelled elections

Some assembly members have decided to take the Electoral Commission (EC) to court for creating a condition which led to the district assembly elections being cancelled by the Supreme Court.
The EC was dragged to court by aspiring assemblyman Benjamin Eyi Mensah, a fisherman, represented by lawyer Alex Afenyo Markin for denying him the opportunity to file his nomination papers despite meeting all conditions to contest for a seat.
According to the Supreme Court, the EC did not use appropriate legislation in organizing the elections and declared it unconstitutional for closing nominations before the maturation of the Constitutional Instrument (CI) 85.
Speaking to Kessben Television, Hon. Nana Yaw Wiredu, the assemblyman for Ahinsan electoral area in Kumasi in the Ashanti region explained that the Electoral Commission should have just resolved the situation regarding that particular electoral area describing the EC’s actions as unprofessional.
He further stated that they are on standby waiting to hear from the EC on Monday, 2nd March 2015 for clarity failing which the assembly members will take the EC to court for causing them financial loss.
“We have spent a lot of money to publicize and campaign for these elections only for them to be cancelled at the last minute. This is unacceptable,” he added.
Mr Wiredu pleaded for the dissolution of the assembly on 15th March to be stalled until the district assembly elections take place to ensure accountability and transparency.

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