Klottey Korle: Armah Ashietey withdraws suit against Zanetor

Author: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Nii Armah Ashietey has withdrawn his suit against Dr Zanetor Rawlings challenging her eligibility as a Parliamentary nominee for the National Democratic Congress in the constituency.

In a notice dated on August 3, 2016, and filed today by the lawyer of Nii Ashietey,  Gary Nimako Marko, the plaintiff indicated that he was discontinuing the suit against the defendants.

Nii Ashietey, who is the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the Klottey Korle constituency failed in his bid to seek re-nomination from the NDC as he was beaten by Dr Zanetor Rawlings, daughter of former President Jerry Rawlings at the primary in November 2015.

He subsequently went to court to challenge Dr Rawlings' eligibility arguing that she was not a registered voter at the time she won the NDC nomination.

Dr Rawlings took advantage of the Electoral Commission's recent limited voter registration exercise to register as a voter and subsequently applied to the Supreme Court, arguing that the High Court had no jurisdiction over the case.

She also insisted that her eligibility as a registered voter would only count when the EC opens nominations for the Parliamentary Elections, which the EC was yet to do and therefore applied to the Supreme Court for an interpretation on who qualifies to contest as an MP.

The Supreme Court subsequently ordered for the suit to be discontinued at the High Court and also ruled that a person's qualification as a Parliamentary candidate can only be determined at a time the person files with the EC to contest as a candidate.

The implication was that since the EC was yet to open nominations, one cannot be disqualified.