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Dr Zanetor cleared to contest the Klottey Korle seat

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Zanetor Rawlings
Zanetor Rawlings

The Supreme Court on Monday cleared Dr Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings, the Klottey Korle National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary nominee, to contest for the seat.

The five-member panel presided over by Justice William Atuguba also directed the High Court to give a ruling in line with the determination by the Supreme Court.

By a Four-one majority vote, the Court noted that the issue of eligibility only becomes operational when the Electoral Commission (EC) has taken steps to invite nominations from political parties to submit the names of their nominees elected from their party’s primaries.

The Court said the EC has not yet opened such nominations, hence the argument of her not being qualified cannot hold.

At the last sitting the Court dismissed a review motion filed by Nii Armah Ashitey, the incumbent Member of Parliament for the Klottey Korley Constituency.

Nii Ashietey, who lost to Dr Rawlings last year, had gone to court challenging his defeat in the November 11, 2015 primaries, citing constitutional breaches.

According to Nii Ashietey, Dr Rawlings did not qualify to be elected as the parliamentary nominee since at the time of the contest she was not a registered voter.

This, he said, was a serious constitutional breach.

In April 2016, however, Dr Zanetor registered when the EC opened the register for new voters in its limited registration exercise.

Source: GNA

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