Politics of 2014-02-24

Asamoah Boateng election petition discontinued

The Cape Coast High Court has struck out the election petition case filed by Mr Stephen Asamoah Boateng challenging the 2012 parliamentary election results in the Mfanstiman West Constituency of the Central region.

This followed the filing of a motion by Mr Asamoah-Boateng, to discontinue the petition for personal reasons and in the interest of peace in the constituency.

When the case was called today, Monday, the court struck it out as discontinued and awarded a Gh?1000 cost against Mr Asamoah Boateng.

Mr Asamoah-Boateng was the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate in the constituency, in the last polls and he was claiming that some presiding officers did not sign the declaration forms and some of the figures did not tally with those in words.

His counsel, Mr Egbert Faibille represented him in court.

The petition was filed against Mr Aquainas Tawiah-Quansah, the Member of Parliament for the constituency, over alleged malpractices, non-signing of pink sheets and other related matters.

Mr Asamoah-Boateng had claimed that declaration sheets of 12 polling stations did not bear the signatures of the presiding officers and said apart from the omission of names of some presiding officers and their signatures, some entries of dates and time on the pink sheets were not recorded.

Mr Aquainas Tawiah-Quansah said the discontinuation of the case would now enable him to go round to thank his constituents for voting for him.

He said even though he was sure he had won the elections, he refused to go round to thank the constituents as a way to avoid contempt of court.

Source: graphic.com.gh
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