The fight for approval to run for Klottey Korle constituency continues for Zanetor Rawlings. Court has dismissed the application brought by Zanetor’s lawyers to dismiss the suit challenging her eligibility to run for the 2016 parliamentary elections. Lawyers to Zanetor had presented an application regarding as premature, the claims of the plaintiffs Nii Ashitey and Nii John Coleman on Zanetor’s case.
But unfortunately for Zanetor, the ruling court presided by Justice Kweku Ackaah Boafo said the motion filed by the plaintiffs was without bias. Hence Zanateor Rawlings and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) were ordered by the court to open their defense in the matter.
Nii Ashitey who is the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey Korle Constituency and Nii John Coleman had filed a joint suit praying the court to restrain Zanetor from holding herself out as Parliamentary candidate for the NDC, on the grounds that she is not eligible to run. Mr Ashitey was defeated in the November 2015 primaries by Dr Rawlings but there are claims Dr Rawlings did not have a voter’s ID card, which is a requirement for one to be elected into the position of an MP.
Earlier on, Court had ruled out a case against Zanetor requesting that the election results be annulled on grounds that she was not an eligible voter. The Three plaintiffs: Joseph Narku Botchway, Jacob Amin, and Reverend Michael Kwabena Nii Adjei Sowah, on that case requested that the EC provide information on Zanetor’s entry into the Biometric voters’ register. The case was ruled out on the basis that the rights of the plaintiffs had not been infringed in any way.
However, this current case seems to have seen the light of another day as all the respondents, especially lawyers for Dr. Rawlings, would have to work extensively to win.
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