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NR: NDC, NPP win Parliamentary Election Petitions

Fri, 20 Jan 2023 Source: Mumuni Yunus

The two biggest political parties in the country have both won parliamentary elections petitions brought against each other in the Northern Region.

After the 2020 General Elections, the ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) 2020 Parliamentary Candidate, Mohammed Abdul-Somed Gunu petitioned the Tamale High Court to annul the results of the 2020 Savelugu Constituency Parliamentary Elections, claiming that the election was fraught with malpractices, irregularities and over voting. It prayed the court to declare the election of Abdulai Jacob Iddrisu as the MP as null and void.

However, the court, presided over by Justice Daniel Obeng ruled on Friday January 20, that the allegations raised by the Petitioner were just administrative errors and did not affect the outcome of the elections.

It ordered the Petitioner to pay an amount of Gh¢40,000 to the elected Member of Parliament and Gh¢20,000 to the Electoral Commission.

Similarly, the NDC’s 2020 Parliamentary Candidate for Zabzugu, Umar Alhassan’s petition against the Zabzugu Constituency NPP MP, John Bennam Jabaah was also dismissed by the court.

Mohammed Abdul Salam, the Northern Regional Secretary of the NDC who represented the Savelugu MP in court told journalists after the ruling that the party was satisfied with the two rulings of the court.

He said the party will not be appealing the Zabzugu ruling.

Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, Haruna Mohammed who was also in court said the party will pursue another criminal case involving the Savelugu MP where unlicensed guns were allegedly found in his possession.

Source: Mumuni Yunus