Odododiodioo violence: NDC disqualifies Nii Yarboi from contesting in the primary; surcharges the two others

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Odododiodioo violence: NDC disqualifies Nii Yarboi from contesting in the primary; surcharges the two others
Odododiodioo violence: NDC disqualifies Nii Yarboi from contesting in the primary; surcharges the two others

Africa-Press – Ghana. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has disqualified Michael Nii Yarboi from contesting in the Parliamentary primary in the Odododiodioo Constituency.

The decision was taken by the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) after a report was submitted to it by the Special Committee tasked to investigate the violence that occurred at Odododiodioo Constituency during the vetting of parliamentary aspirants held on October 13, 2023.

It is recalled that the vetting of parliamentary aspirants for the constituency was disrupted by violent acts on Friday, October 13.

Members of the camp of one of the candidates destroyed party properties, including chairs and an air conditioner and pelted stones at members of the vetting committee, citing unfairness.

The chaos occurred at the regional party office in South La, where three individuals, Nii Okai Laryea, Kotey Ashie, and Michael Nii Yarboi Annan, were facing the committee in the hope of succeeding the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, who is not seeking re-election.

The FEC said in a statement that announced the disqualification of Yarboi said that “the other two aspirants, Mr Alfred Nii Kotei Ashie and Mr Emmanuel Nii Kotei Ashie whose supporters the Committee’s findings reveal that they caused the damage to properties at the Center of the vetting are hereby surcharged jointly for all the cost of the damage at the centre.”

Below is the full statement

The Functional Executive Committee (FEC), today the 28th of November, 2023 at its meeting at the Headquarters has received the report of the Special Committee set up to investigate the violence that occurred at Odododiodioo Constituency during the vetting of parliamentary aspirants held on October 13, 2023.

The FEC after a careful study of the report has decided as follows:

1. That Mr. Michael Nii Yarboi is not qualified by the provisions of article 41 (8) (b) of the constitution of the NDC and therefore cannot contest in the Parliamentary elections in Odododiodioo Constituency.

2. That the other two aspirants, Mr Alfred Nii Kotei Ashie and Mr Emmanuel Nii Kotei Ashie whose supporters the Committee’s findings reveal that they caused the damage to properties at the Center of the vetting are hereby surcharged jointly for all the cost of the damage at the centre.

3. That the FEC sends its apologies to Miss Akosua Octhere, the journalist who was manhandled on the vetting day and assures her the party will liaise with her to indemnify all her medical bills.

The FEC further directs its election directorate to take immediate steps to organize the parliamentary primaries for the Odododiodioo Constituency.

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