Updated: Aug 28, 2020
The Accra High Court has lamented over the delay in trial proceedings in the case of 145 polling station executives whose names have been allegedly expunged from the delegates’ album of the New Patriotic Party in the Asante Akyem North Constituency.
The court presided over by Justice Isaac Osei lamented that the Member Parliament of Asante Akyem North Constituency, Hon. Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, who is representing himself at court caused delays in trial.
The court implicated the Member of Parliament for delaying the trial and subsequently directed him to pay damages to that effect but lawyer for the expunged 145 polling station executives, Samson Lardi Ayenini sought clemency on the Member of Parliament's behalf which was however granted by the court.
Appiah-Kubi, argued that he has not been served with the writ of summons but the Judge directed the plaintiffs to serve him in court.
The court also dismissed the application filed by Hon. Kwame Appiah-Kubi which indicated that, the expunged 145 polling station executives were not in good standing as members of the New Patriotic Party.
The court also dismissed the application filed by the counsel for the New Patriotic Party, Nana Obiri Yeboah which also suggested that the expunged 145 polling station executives do not have the locus to sue the Party.
The court adjourned the case to Wednesday, September 9, 2020 but Hon. Kwame Appiah-Kubi prayed the court of his inability to be present in court on the said date due to official duties assigned him, the court however granted his prayer.
It would be recalled that about 145 delegates in 61 polling stations, mostly from Agogo whose names have been allegedly deleted in a fraudulent manner from the original photo album of the NPP in the Asante Akyem North Constituency successfully filed a suit and intimated the court to place an injunction against the New Patriotic Party, the Electoral Commission and Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi on 18th June, 2020.