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10.05.2006 General News

Mion MP suffers another blow in legal battle to retain seat

By myjoyonline
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The Member of Parliament for Mion, Dr. Alhassan Yakubu has suffered another blow in the legal battle to retain his parliamentary seat.

The Appeal’s Court has dismissed his application against a ruling by a Tamale High Court that the elections in Mion in 2004 are null and void.

Dr. Alhassan’s appeal was struck out on the grounds that he failed to comply with certain procedures.

The court awarded cost of five million cedis against him. There are indications that Dr. Alhassan’s legal team will try to rectify the error and get the case re-listed for hearing.

Last year, the Tamale High Court ruled that the results of the parliamentary elections in Mion in 2004 should be scrapped.

This was in response to a petition by the New Patriotic Party candidate that at the close of voting on the day of the election, lots of people were in queues and could not vote because of a shortage of electoral materials.