Court dismisses NDC application to join suit of Zabzugu constituency voter registration
The Tamale high court presided over by Mr. Richard M. Gojyapwah has ruled against the National Democratic Congress to be third respondents on the eligibility of some 700 residents from Monpaani, Takrodo, Konkoronjungni in the Tatale constituency to be registrants in the Zabzugu constituency.
They were challenged by the NDC agents during the voter registration exercise and out of the number over 400 were disqualified by the District Registration Review Committee (DRC).
Over 200 failed to appear before the committee. The judge in his ruling said the NDC did not attach form 4A which is the sole document of the second respondent (EC) to their joinder.
For the third time during hearing of the case, the 1st respondent (DRC) and the 2nd respondent (EC) failed to show up in court.
The NDC during the exercise challenged them for not being ordinary residents in the Zabzugu constituency.
Some of the residents since Tatatle was carved out of Zabzugu have been insisting to be part of Zabzugu constituency but the LI that gave birth to new districts mandates residents to respect it.
The NDC said they never have issue with the people registering but they must do so in accordance with the electoral laws.
But the disqualified registrants took the matter to the Tamale high court to quash the DRC’s decision.
Spokesperson for the Member of parliament for Zabzugu Mr Issifu Laa-bandow spoke to Zaa News after court proceedings Monday that would not relent on its effort to the right is done.
Mr Issifu claimed the people were encouraged by the governing New Patriotic Party Parliamentary candidate for Zabzugu, Mr John Jabaah Benam who doubles the Northern Regional Minister.
A member of NDC legal team in the Northern region Mr Halid Abdul Rauf told Zaa News that the party was dissatisfied with the ruling and will appeal against the court decision.
The was surprised the electoral commission during the hearing seemed not to be cooperating when they were supposed to be defending those who raised the alarm and challenged the people.