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General News Mon, 25 Nov 2002

Supreme Court To Rule On Wulensi Seat Tomorrow

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday, November 26, give its ruling in an application filed by the Member of Parliament for Wulensi against an earlier decision by the Tamale High Court challenging his eligibility.

The Tamale High Court ruled in favour of one Fuseini Zakari, in a petition filed to unseat Mr. Samuel Nyimakan of the NDC for allegedly flouting the residency clause in the electoral law. The petitioner alleged that Mr. Nyimakan neither hails from any part of the constituency, nor has he any record of residency in the area, as required by law. The petitioner alleged that the MP's records indicated that he was born at Saboba, had his secondary school education at Tamale Secondary School and taught at Chamba in the Bimbilla Constituency.

The Court of Appeal dealt a second blow to Mr. Nyamakan, when in a unanimous decision, it upheld the ruling of the High Court, and therefore dismissed his appeal brought before the court on April 12 this year. Before the Appeal Court's decision of April 12 could be enforced, the MP filed an application at the Supreme Court for stay of execution, pending the final determination of his appeal by the Court. The seat had become the subject of litigation, since the Electoral Commission declared the 2,000 election results in that constituency.

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