Lawyers Life In Danger Over Zenators Case

Gary Nimako Marfo, lawyer for Nii Armah Ashitey, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey Korle constituency in Accra, has alleged that he is being trailed by some unknown persons.

He is handling the case involving the eligibility of Dr Zanetor Rawlings to stand for the November 7 elections on the ticket of the NDC, which was filed by Nii Armah Ashitey and another party stalwart.

The supposed assailants, the lawyer claims, are putting fear in him and exposing him to danger.

According to a letter dated March 3, 2016 addressed to the registrar of the high court, the case must be adjourned whilst he makes extra security arrangements to protect himself, staff and family.

“We wish to humbly bring to the attention of the Honourable Court that counsel for the plaintiffs has in recent times been trailed by some unknown persons when driving home after close of work,” the letter indicated.

It added that when he parked at the North Legon police post to alert the police, “the said unknown persons immediately drove off.”

The lead lawyer, as a result, requested the court to adjourn the case to Tuesday, March 9, 2016.

The letter comes a day after a letter from the Electoral Commission had confirmed that Dr Rawlings, who convincingly defeated Nii Armah Ashitey, the incumbent MP for the constituency and one Nii John Coleman in last year’s NDC parliamentary primary is not a registered voter.

The two have filed a joint suit at an Accra high court challenging Dr Zanetor’s legitimacy to contest this year’s parliamentary election.

They are of the view that her election was unlawful since she is not a registered voter.

The plaintiffs, aside Dr Zanetor, daughter of former President Jerry John Rawlings, also sued the NDC and the EC as first and third defendants respectively.

The plaintiffs in the latest suit want the court to declare that Dr Zanetor’s election as the parliamentary candidate-elect for the constituency is null and void and of no effect as same violated the constitution of the NDC and the rules governing the conduct of the 2016 parliamentary election.

The writ, filed by Gary Nimako Marfo of Sarfo & [email protected], is also requesting for an order of injunction restraining Dr Zanetor, her agents, privies or anyone claiming through her from holding the defendant as the parliamentary candidate-elect for the constituency until the case before the court is disposed of.

The lawyer for the two defeated candidates, aside cost and legal fees against the defendants, also wants the court to order the party to re-run the election between the plaintiffs in accordance with the NDC constitution within one week of the annulment of the election.

According to the affidavit of the plaintiffs, the court as a matter of law ought to prevent the “illegality from being foisted on the plaintiffs and the constituents of Klottey Korle.”

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