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Coleman withdraws from suit filed against Dr. Rawlings

One of the two persons challenging the Parliamentary Candidature of Dr. Zanetor Rawlings in the Klottey- Korle Constituency has withdrawn his suit.

Nii John Coleman said he is no more interested in continuing with the suit and has subsequently withdrawn it.

The Accra High Court hearing the case has accordingly struck out Nii John Coleman as a co-plaintiff in the suit.

The lawyer for the plaintiffs, Gary Nimako opposed the move, arguing that it violates the Court’s rules because he was not given prior information.

Background to the case:

Incumbent Member of Parliament Nii Armah Ashietey who lost the Klottey Korle Constituency National Democratic Congress primary and Nii John Alfonso Coleman sued Ms. Zanetor over her eligibility to contest the November polls.

The suit filed at an Accra High Court is also against the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Electoral Commission (EC).

The two are praying the court to prevent the NDC and the EC from holding Dr. Rawlings as 2016 parliamentary candidate for the Constituency.

According to the two, there were petitions filed against the daughter of Former President Jerry John Ralwings prior to the November 21 elections.

They claim her name was not even found in the biometric register compiled by the NDC prior to the primary.

Dr. Rawlings last week secured victory in another court case filed by three members of the party in the Klottey Korle Constituency. The three wanted an annulment of the results but the Court asked them to exhaust all internal structures of resolution before coming to the court.

But in their writ to the High Court, Nii Armah Ashietey and Nii Alfonso Coleman accused national and regional officers of the NDC of complicity in “endorsing the violation of the NDC constitution and the rules governing the conduct of the parliamentary primaries in Klottey Korle thereby rendering any internal resolution of the matter an impossibility”.


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