In a turn of events during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary primary in the Odododiodioo constituency, four individuals have been apprehended by the police for violating electoral rules by capturing their votes on their phones.
Confirming the arrests, NDC Chairman for Odododiodioo, Paul Laryea, stated that despite explicit warnings from the electoral commission against photographing ballots, these individuals proceeded to capture their votes on their phones. As a consequence, all four individuals are currently in police custody.
The NDC primary in the Odododiodioo constituency involved over 2300 delegates casting their votes to elect a Parliamentary Candidate. This process was initially delayed due to an interlocutory injunction application filed by disqualified candidate Michael Nii Yarboi Annan. However, the dismissal of the injunction paved the way for the resumption of the primary.
Background to the primary involves the disqualification of Michael Nii Yarboi Annan by the Functional Executive Committee of the NDC in November 2023. The party’s report cited evidence presented to a special committee, emphasizing that Annan did not meet the qualification criteria, as outlined in Article 41(8)(b) of the NDC Constitution. The article specifies that a member must be an active party member at the constituency level for the four years immediately preceding the date of filing nominations.
The court injunction obtained by the disqualified candidate initially led to the indefinite postponement of the primary. However, following the dismissal of the court injunction, the NDC proceeded with the primary in the Odododiodioo constituency.