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SC throws out suit against AWW by-election

The Supreme Court has on Thursday, 20 June 2019 dismissed a suit challenging the legality of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election held in February this year.

The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ayawaso West-Wuogon constituency, Bismark Aborbi-Ayitey, had filed a suit challenging the appropriateness of the date set for the by-election for that constituency.

Mr Aborbi-Ayitey, in his suit argued the date, [Thursday, 31 January 2019] as announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) Chair, Jean Mensa, exceeded the 60-day period in view of the date the seat was declared vacant upon the demise of the MP contrary to what the constitution prescribed.

However, the apex court, in its ruling stated that the suit by the plaintiff was subject to debate as the election had been held without any move by the plaintiff to stop it through an injunction application.

The Court also explained that the plaintiff in his reliefs did not ask for the annulment of the election therefore the court could not go ahead to hear arguments along such lines.

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