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A resident of Otsebleku files a lawsuit against Jean Mensa,Bossman Asare

Ayitah Precious, an Otsebleku resident who lives close to Afienya in the Greater Accra Region, has filed a lawsuit against Electoral Commission Chairperson Jean Mensa and Deputy Chairman Bossman Asare, accusing them of disobeying the court in the ongoing limited voter registration dispute.

The applicant, Ayitah Precious, made a number of claims in a sworn affidavit regarding the limited voter registration drive and the Electoral Commission’s response.

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The following was stated in the affidavit: “The Electoral Commission had announced the beginning of the limited voter registration exercise at its district offices across the country on September 12, 2023.

“Ayitah Precious resides approximately 44.3 kilometers from the Electoral Commission’s district office in Prampram and expressed concerns about the cost and logistics of traveling to the district office to register.”

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According to the applicant, many eligible voters, including herself, would not be able to participate in the limited registration process because it would only be held at district offices and not in the actual electoral districts.

Ayitah Precious requested an interlocutory injunction and filed an originating motion on notice in the High Court in Tema to prevent the Electoral Commission from carrying out the limited voter registration drive.

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Despite receiving the injunction application, the Electoral Commission carried on with the registration exercise’s preparations, announcing the exercise’s start date in a press release on September 11, 2023.

Legal representation for the applicant argued that the Electoral Commission had violated the court’s injunction by continuing the registration process while it was still under consideration.

Ayitah Precious and her legal counsel contended that the Electoral Commission’s actions might imperil the results of the legal proceedings and obstruct the administration of justice.

They requested that Jean Mensa and Bossman Asare be found in contempt of court and asked for custodial prison terms as punishment.

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