Dr Kwabena Duffuor has withdrawn his case against the NDC and the EC over the voters’ list for the primaries, allowing the elections to proceed as planned.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) can go ahead with its presidential and parliamentary primaries on May 13, after a court dismissed an injunction application by Dr Kwabena Duffuor.
Dr Duffuor, who is contesting for the NDC’s presidential ticket, had filed a suit against the party and the Electoral Commission (EC), claiming that he had not received a correct list of voters for the primaries.
He wanted the court to halt the elections and order the party to consult with the candidates on how to produce an accurate voters’ list.
However, he withdrew his case on Friday, May 12, when it was due for hearing at an Accra High Court.
His lawyers did not give any reason for the withdrawal, which was not opposed by the lawyers for the NDC and the EC.
The NDC had argued that Dr Duffuor’s case was baseless and invalid, as it had already fixed most of the errors in the voters’ list that he had pointed out.
The party’s lawyers also said that Dr Duffuor had failed to show why the court should grant him the injunction he sought.
They asked the court to throw out his suit as it was not founded on any legal grounds.
“We submit that the plaintiff’s suit is incompetent and therefore ought to be dismissed in limine. Again, the plaintiff has not been able to demonstrate on the face of his pleadings and affidavit that it is just or convenient for the Honourable Court to grant the injunction that he seeks.”