NDC parliamentary candidate motion to subpoena EC boss dismissed

The Wenchi High Court on Tuesday, struck out portions of an application filed by the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Techiman South 2020 Parliamentary Candidate, praying the court to subpoena Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), among others.

The petitioner, Dr Christopher Beyere Baasongti, prayed the court to summon the Mrs Jean Mensa, Chairman of the EC, the Bono East Crime officer and the Bono East EC Director.

Others to be summoned are the Returning Officer of the 2020 Techiman South elections and a medical doctor at the Holy Family Hospital, in Techiman.

However, the presiding judge, Justice Frederick Nawurah, ruled against the petitioner’s request for the court to summon the EC Chair and the Regional Crime Officer for questioning.

Richard Asamoah, spokesperson for the first respondent, Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, however, said the petitioner was bent on dragging the case, and questioned the motive for the petitioner’s attempt to subpoena the EC Chair.

“What is the relevance of that subpoena? We are pursuing a civil case, so what are all these subpoenas about? The EC chair has nominated somebody to represent the Commission and so why subpoena her to come and testify when she wasn’t even at the polling station or the constituency in Techiman South during the election. For us and as the judge affirmed, it was all irrelevant,” he said.

Mr Asamoah said “Let’s wait to see the drama that will unfold on the 13th and 14th of April. We are ever prepared to defend our position.”

The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, and Dr Baasongti, were both in court, but declined to speak to journalists.

The case has been adjourned to 13th and 14th of April, 2022.

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