‘It is in NDC’s interest to fix their issues to enable us to supervise the primaries’ – Serebour

The Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission, Dr Serebour Quaicoe, has explained that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) can go ahead with its intended presidential primaries this weekend despite the electoral body’s refusal to supervise same due to the pending suit against the process.

Speaking on Top Story on JoyFM, Dr Serebour Quaicoe said “Unlike the national executives’ elections, the law doesn’t mandate us to be there. A lot of the parties, especially the minor ones have been holding their primaries without us. They only inform us of their candidates when it is time for nomination.”

Nonetheless, he said he wouldn’t advise them to organize the elections without them. He urged them to address every outstanding issue to enable them to supervise the process.

The Electoral Commission on Wednesday announced that it will not oversee the upcoming primaries of the NDC until all legal matters associated with the event are settled.

The Commission says conducting the primaries would be disrespectful to the judiciary, and would constitute contempt of the court.

An aspirant in the presidential primaries, Dr. Kwabena Duffour, has filed a lawsuit against the party citing discrepancies in the voters’ register to be used for the exercise.

In a writ submitted to an Accra High Court, Dr. Duffour claimed that the party failed to provide the necessary photo album register in compliance with the party’s rules, five weeks prior to the elections.

He added that a partial photo album register was given to his team on May 4, although they had requested for it in March.

Furthermore, he claimed that the hard drive provided to his representatives contained 220 constituencies, contrary to defendant’s supposed 228 constituencies.

Dr Duffour added that despite his request for a postponement of the elections until a full photo album register is secured, the party has failed to heed his request.

Thus, he is asking the court to grant an interlocutory injunction to restrain the party and its national officers from holding the elections scheduled for May 13.

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