The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has indefinitely postponed the parliamentary primaries in the Odododiodio constituency. This decision comes in response to a court injunction obtained by a disqualified candidate.
In the build-up to the lawsuit, in November 2023, the Functional Executive Committee of the NDC disqualified Michael Nii Yarboi Annan from participating in the parliamentary election in the Odododiodioo Constituency.
In a report released last year, the party clarified that the special committee established by the Functional Executive Committee found justifications for Mr. Annan’s disqualification from the parliamentary primary in the Odododiodoo Constituency.
The NDC explained that, based on the evidence presented, the special committee could not endorse Mr. Annan’s eligibility to contest the parliamentary primaries in the Odododiodoo constituency. This decision was made in accordance with Article 41(8)(b) of the NDC Constitution, which requires a member to be actively involved in the party at the constituency level for the four years immediately preceding the date of filing nominations.
In a statement dated January 17, 2024, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, officially announced a temporary cessation of all activities associated with the primaries in a particular constituency. The decision stems from the disqualification of a candidate who contested the ruling, subsequently securing an interlocutory injunction from the court. This injunction restrains the NDC from proceeding with the election until the matter is judiciously resolved.
The NDC clarified that the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the party, during a meeting on January 16, 2024, deliberated on the situation and opted to indefinitely postpone the election in the affected constituency. Emphasizing the importance of maintaining stability, the party urged all branch and constituency executives to foster an atmosphere of peace and harmony, pending further notice.
Expressing regret for any inconvenience caused by the postponement, the NDC extended an apology to its members. Additionally, the party assured its members that a new date for the conduct of the primaries would be communicated once it is determined, seeking to keep the party’s stakeholders informed and engaged throughout this electoral process.
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