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Assembly Elections hit by court injunctions, curses and threats of boycott

It is only 12 hours to the District Assembly elections but the exercise has been hit with injunctions, curses and threats of boycotts.

The elections should have been held in February, but were stopped by the Supreme Court.

It has been scheduled to come off on Tuesday September 01, 2015, even then voting will not take place in all polling stations across the country.
In the Brong Ahafo Region, residents of Nkoranza North and South have asked the EC not to step foot in the area to conduct the polls.

They have invoked curses against any EC official who would set up polling centres in these areas.

The residents are asking the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to lift a ban it placed on four investment companies in the area to enable it pay its numerous customers who have been suffering since the ban was imposed.

They have tasked government to direct the BoG to allow the investment companies to release their monies to them otherwise they will not vote during the 2016 general elections.

A notice from the residents

The Assembly member for Tanokrom West in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis Samuel Kwesi Anderson has secured an injunction on the process after he was disqualified by the Electoral Commission.

Mr Anderson’s term expired early in the year and is seeking election for a fourth term. The EC has accused him of falsifying his academic qualification on the nomination form.

But he has rejected the claims and describes them as a mere error.
He also says the EC also erred in stating his occupation on the notice of polls. In effect, Samuel Anderson says errors are bound to happen.

He is through the injunction demanding that the EC justify his disqualification.
A Kumasi High Court has also placed an injunction on the elections in Dichemso following an application by a disqualified applicant.

At Bimbilla in the Northern region, residents are threatening to boycott the election. The area has been under a 4pm to 6am curfew following years of violence that has claimed a number of lives.

The curfew has been adjusted to 7pm and 6am to allow residents participate in the election. But residents say this shows government places more value on the election than their lives.

However, Joy News has been interacting with some electorates in Accra some of whom said they will only vote for candidates who have demonstrated their political neutrality.

Others said they will vote for someone who will lead the community in unity to enable it develop.


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