PNC leadership sued for electoral fraud

Five leading members of the People’s National Convention (PNC) have filed a writ at an Accra High against the leadership of the party for engaging street thugs to vote at the party’s national delegates congress in 2007.

The five PNC members claimed that those who voted at the last national delegates congress of the party held at Bolgatanga on November 30, 2007, which elected Dr Edward N. Mahama as Flag bearer, Mr Bernard Mornah, General Secretary and Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, National Chairman, were not card bearing members of the party but street thugs.

The five leading members are Mr Ibrahim Karim, Mr Haruna Abass, Mr Abubaker Sadick Wiyor, Mr Bernard Bama-Ame, and Mr Micheal Anafo.

The Defendants are The PNC party, Dr Edward N. Mahama, Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, Mr Bernard Mornah and the Electoral Commission.

A copy of the writs made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra states that: “the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants provided monies for the busing of street thugs to Bolgatanga solely for the purpose of having those thugs vote for them or their associates at the Congress in order for them and their associates to seize control and management of the party in violation of the party’s constitution.”

The statement noted that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants purportedly elected as the party’s leader and 2008 Presidential candidate, National Chairman and General Secretary respectively at the party’s delegates congress held at Bolgatanga on November 30, 2007 was therefore fraudulent.

According to the statement of claim, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th knew or ought to have known that there were no constituency elections supervised by the Electoral Commission in the 230 Constituencies in the country as provided under section 17 of the political parties law and Articles 26 and 27 of the PNC’s Constitution prior to the holding of the national delegates congress in Bolgatanga.

The statement said the defendants also failed to provide a list of qualified party card bearing members to the EC to enable it to properly supervise the national delegate’s congress.

According to the statement of claim the EC also neglected, refused or failed to properly conduct and supervise the constituency congresses of the PNC.

Source: GNA

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