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02.01.2009 Elections

NPP withdraws legal suits

By myjoyonline
NPP withdraws legal suits
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The New Patriotic Party has withdrawn all legal suits from the courts relating to the 2008 presidential elections.

The party filed a writ in court on Thursday in an attempt to secure an injunction to restrain the Electoral Commission from declaring the winner after the Tain election.

When that failed, the party through its lawyer, Atta Akyea sought an interlocutory injunction on the Tain election.

Following the development, a leading member of the NPP, Mr. B. J. da Rocha said the legal battle was unnecessary.

He said stalling the process was completely unwarranted.

The President also issued a statement asking all stakeholders in the elections to yield to the decision of the EC.

He said any outstanding issues could be resolved using due process stressing the need to meet the constitutional requirement of handing over on January 7.

In the face of these, Mr. Atta Akyea told Joy News his client, the NPP's National Chairman Mr. Peter Mac Manu had instructed him to withdraw the cases from court.

The lawyer said they could reactive the cases if the need arose.

He expects the EC to look into allegations of irregularities in the Volta Region raised by the NPP.

Story by Malik Abass Daabu

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