The Ghanaian Parliament is sitting on tenterhooks as the Wenchi High Court today granted the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) leave to inspect the original documents of the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) in the ongoing election petition against the Techiman South parliamentary results.
This puts the Techiman South seat back in the heat of litigation and the result of the court petition to offset the balance of power in the parliamentary chamber which currently has an equal number of parliamentarians for both the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the NDC.
Both parties have 137 seats each, with only one independent candidate breaking the tie.
The court has ordered that the parliamentary candidates from both parties should meet on Monday, April 19 for the inspection of the “Pink Sheets” to determine the credibility of the supposed winning of the seat in the constituency by the NPP’s Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah.
The High Court presided over by His Lordship A. W. K. Nawurah ruled that only original copies of the documents will be allowed and not the photocopied documents as earlier filed by the EC.
The Court, therefore, gave the Commission three days to properly file the documents for inspection.
For its evasive acts in presenting the original copies of the election results, the court slapped a cost of GH¢2,000 on the EC and in favour of the petitioner who is the NDC parliamentary candidate for Techiman South, Christopher Beyere Baasongti.
Meanwhile, the Court has also ordered the Returning Officer, Nana Dwamena Frempah, to answer interrogatories filed by the petitioner. The returning officer was accused of swapping figures during the elections and secretly declaring the NPP candidate winner.
The resultant confusion saw a goon squad of soldiers posted to the constituency open live bullets on angry voters who saw the reported fraud.
The shooting incident resulted in about six deaths in Ghana’s bloodiest general election.