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NPP cannot hold Elections in Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency, as findings of Ashanti Regional council of elders struck out

NPP cannot hold Elections in Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency, as findings of Ashanti Regional council of elders struck out

The Kumasi High Court 5 yesterday, 27th April, 2022 struck out the Findings of the Arbitration Committee (Regional Council of Elders).

It will be recalled that on Tuesday, 12th of April, 2022, the High Court 5 referred a case filed by 11aggrieved members of the New Patriotic Party of Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency against the Polling Station and Electoral Area Committee to the Regional Council of Elders for arbitration.

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This was after the cousel for the defendants, Lawyer Kwame Adom-Appiah failed to open the motion filed by Hon.

Prince Karikari (DCE and chairman of the elections committee) and prayed the court for out of court settlement.

The Council of Elders in their report stated that, the petitioners did not exhaust the party structures for redress of their grievances.

This report was signed by only the defendants. Counsels for the petitioners however drew the attention of the court to two major errors the arbitration committee committed. These were:

1. Terms of settlement of the petition were not duly followed

2. The report was not filed with the court registrar

With this, the counsel for the petitioners prayed the honorable court to strike out the committee’s findings which was *duly granted by the presiding judge.

6th May, 2022 was set as a date to open the motion filed by Hon. Prince Karikari to set aside the writ of the petitioners.

The court made it clear that, pending the opening of Hon. Karikari’s motion, no election or any election related activity be conducted in the Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency until finality is brought to Hon. Karikari’s motion.

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