Due to a court order acquired by a disqualified candidate, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has decided to postpone the parliamentary primaries in the Odododiodio seat indefinitely.
The party’s general secretary, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, said in a statement dated January 17, 2024, that all operations about the constituency’s primaries would be temporarily suspended.
The court ordered an interlocutory injunction prohibiting the NDC from holding the poll until the dispute was settled after the disqualified candidate appealed the decision to bar him from running in the primary.
The NDC stated that the party’s Functional Executive Committee (FEC) resolved to postpone the election indefinitely during a meeting on January 16, 2024.
Additionally, the party asked all executives of branches and constituencies to uphold unity and peace till further notice.
The NDC has expressed regret for any trouble the postponement may have caused and assured members that they will notify them as soon as a new date for the primaries has been set.
In November 2023, Michael Nii Yarboi Annan was disqualified from running for the Odododiodioo Constituency parliamentary seat by the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee.
In a report released the previous year, the NDC clarified that the conclusions of the special committee that the party’s Functional Executive Committee had formed supported Mr Annan’s exclusion from running in the party’s parliamentary primary in the Odododiodoo Constituency.
Based on Article 41(8)(b) of the NDC Constitution, which states that “a member must be an active member of the party at the constituency level for the four years immediately preceding the date of filing nominations,” the party claims that the special committee was unable to approve Mr Annan’s eligibility to compete in the Odododiodoo constituency parliamentary primaries in light of the evidence presented.