The Campaign team of Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has warned member of Parliament for Mampong, Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong, to desists from any alleged tampering with voting records of the Mampong constituency ahead of the November 4, NPP Presidential primaries, serving notice to the National Executives Committee of the party to resist any attempt to create an imbalance field in the election.
In a press statement copied to Purefmoline.com, The campaign team of Hon. Kennedy Agyapong alleged that the move by the Mampong MP, is averred to be aimed at giving giving flagbearer hopeful and Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, an overriding advantage in the constituency to affect the outcome of the November 4 primaries.
They alleged that, the Mampong MP is in cohort with some unscrupulous persons to cause a change to the electoral register of the party in the constituency.
In a viral leaked message, the Mampong MP is reported to have claimed that despite the 2022 High Court’s injunction on the voting records of the Mampong Constituency of the NPP, restraining the ruling party from conducting elections to pick new officers at various polling stations in the Constituency of the Ashanti Region, the MP has despite assured some ‘unqualified’ persons of voting in the November 4 presidential primaries.
His comment has been described as prejudicial to the Asante Mampong High Court’s processes in deliberating on the matter, as the Court is yet to pronounce its judgment in upholding the constituency election which is being challenged by some 34 officers of the party, as either valid or not.
The Court is set to sit on October 30, 2023, to make its pronouncement on the joint suit which is seeking to cancel the 2022 NPP Mampong constituency entire election process claiming that the elections was fraught with irregularities and manipulation.
Hon. Apratwum in the viral message allegedly notes “Good morning my delegates. I CAN CONFIRM TO YOU TODAY THAT IN AS MUCH THERE IS A GOD YOU WILL VOTE ON 4TH NOVEMBER. NOBODY IS GOING TO DENY YOU YOUR VOTE. THE AGAINST PEOPLE HAVE
FAILED. ON 30TH OCTOBER, THE JUDGE WILL RULE IN OUR FAVOUR, IN YOUR FAVOUR. VICTORY VICTORY VICTORY. WE ARE WINNING. WE HAVE WON. WE ARE GOING TO WIN. OBSERVERS ARE WORRIED. BUT 1T IS POSSIBLE”.
However, in a reaction, the MP for Mampong, has described the allegation as baseless and useless.
“I am a confident person. I was raised to be confident so if I say, I am confident that we will win, how can you describe that to be prejudicial?
It is only brainless individuals that will go about carrying that assertion. Evans, take it from me, I don’t control the party album nor have I even been in the country for the past 3 weeks, so it’s just uselessness for anyone to accuse me of tampering with the voter roll.
The Voter album is in electronic form and it is controlled at the party headquarters. So who are they saying has changed it?… Is it Justin Koduah or Chairman Wontumi? Myself, the last time I went to the party’s headquarters was when Dr. Bawumia was submitting his nominations forms so at what point did I go there to change the voter roll?
It is absurd, weak and senseless.
I don’t know the Judge, neither have I been to the Court room since this case started. But, I am confident that as a respondent, and per what my Lawyers have informed me of, we will win. What is wrong for me to say this and how do you qualify this as prejudicial.
I am confident that we will win and if we will win, the executives will take part in the November 4 primaries.” Hon. Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong told Pure FM’s Evans Osei-Bonsu when reached via telephone.
The Asante Mampong High Court in the Ashanti Region in 2022, placed injunction on the internal party elections at the Asante Mampong constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
It came after the court merged the case files of some 34 NPP Mampong Polling Station Executives, led by one Mr. Kofi Sarpong, against NPP Mampong Constituency Executives.
According to the statement of claims, the constituency chairman, Mr Asare Luther, has denied thousands of party members the right to obtain forms for polling station elections in the constituency because they were not on his side or camp.
The suit filed on Friday, February 25, 2022, named the New Patriotic Party and its Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, – as defendants.
The others are Mr. Nelson Owusu Ansah, Chairman of the nine-member committee supervising the elections in the Mampong Constituency, Mr. Asare Luther, the Constituency Chairman, and Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong, the MP for the area.
The Court will determine the validity of the outcome of the constituency elections on November 30. Until then, delegates who were elected as polling station executives and other portfolios in the party cannot hold themselves as legitimate to partake in the NPP November 4 primaries.
Source: Purefmonline.com || Evans Osei-Bonsu || 2023