Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Deputy Speaker of Parliament petitions Electoral Commission

The sitting member of parliament for Ellembelle and also the deputy speaker of Ghana's parliament, Mr. Freddy Blay, has petitioned the Electoral Commission (EC) for re-examination of the numbers and nature of rejected ballots in his constituency. In addition the deputy speaker is requesting the EC to undertake a recount all the ballots in the December 7 parliamentary elections in order to establish the actual winner of the polls in the constituency.
In a related electoral dispute matter, the Sunyani High Court has fixed January 12, 2009 for a ruling on the case which Mr. Yiadom Boakye-Boateng the New Patriotic Party(NPP) parliamentary candidate for Asutifi South constituency, filled a motion on notice for an interim injunction on the results of the parliamentary elections on December 7, until the re-collation of the results.
The determination of this cases are very important to the key question who holds majority in Ghana's 230 member parliament, out of 228 constituencies results declared NPP holds 108 seats,NDC 113, CPP 1,PNC 2 and Independent 4. Based on 230 members in parliament, the majority must have 116 members to carry the house.

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