Former President John Dramani Mahama has commented on the legal action taken by Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, an aspirant in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who filed an injunction application.
On May 10th, Former President John Dramani Mahama addressed members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Wa West about the injunction application filed by Dr. Kwabena Duffuor against the upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries.
Mr. Mahama acknowledged the injunction as a challenge to be overcome on Saturday, the scheduled date for the primaries, and expressed his hope that a resolution could be reached that would allow the voting process to proceed.
He assured his audience that they would come together to cast their votes for the parliamentary and presidential candidates of their choosing.
Abraham Amaliba, the Director of Legal Affairs of the NDC, characterized the injunction application as baseless, disruptive, and an endeavor to interfere with the smooth running of the party’s internal elections.
He also expressed his willingness to engage in a discussion about the concerns raised by Dr. Duffuor, but noted that the application was, in his view, groundless, disruptive, and aimed at impeding the NDC’s efforts to conduct the primaries in an organized manner.
Mr. Amaliba also confirmed that the NDC has received the injunction application and shared that the court has scheduled a hearing for May 15, which is two days after the internal elections are scheduled to take place.
He added that the party is making efforts to have the hearing before May 13 to avoid any disruptions to the election process.
The hearing for the injunction application is scheduled for May 15, which is after the date set for the primaries on May 13.
Despite this, the legal team is making efforts to have the case heard before the 15th by utilizing the available legal processes.
Dr. Duffour, an aspirant for the flagbearer position, submitted the application to the High Court on May 9, citing concerns about the electoral album and seeking to halt the primaries.
“The plaintiff avers that the partial delivery of the Photo Album to his representatives on 4th May 2023 was in itself out of time considering the magnitude of the verification exercise required of them before the internal elections of 13th May 2023,” portions of the application said.
Dr. Duffuor’s campaign team had requested a delay of the Presidential Primaries scheduled for May 13th, citing an erroneous register.
In a letter sent on May 8th to the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) and the Elections Committee of the NDC, Kofi Kukubor, the Head of Research and Strategy for Dr. Duffuor’s campaign team, stated that a thorough review of the photo album for 220 constituencies had revealed numerous inconsistencies, making the register incomplete and inaccurate.
The campaign team claimed that holding the election with such a flawed register would compromise the credibility and integrity of the election and could cause irreparable harm to Dr. Kwabena Duffuor’s bid for the flagbearer position.