The Tamale High Court hearing the Savelugu parliamentary election petition filed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the 2020 election, Mr Muhamed Abdul-Samed Gunu, has granted his application for the inspection and copies of the collation form (Form C) for the December 7, 2020, parliamentary election results in the custody of the Electoral Commission (EC).
The court presided over by Mr Justice Daniel Obeng granted the request of the petitioner at the sitting of the court on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
Consequently, it ordered the EC, which is the first respondent in the case, to produce the collation sheets (Form C) for inspection by both the petitioner and the second respondent in the case, Mr Abdulai Jacob Iddris, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Savelugu, by June 18, 2021, and also provide copies of same to them after the inspection.
Hearing has been adjourned to June 21, 2021, for case management.
The petitioner filed the application at the court on May 21, 2021, requesting for the inspection and copies of the collation sheets in the custody of the EC because he believed the exercise, which had to be finally moved to Tamale, the regional capital , was marred with electoral malpractices and irregularities.
Because of these, the petitioner said he had no copies of the collation sheets, collation summary forms, hence the request for the EC to produce those documents for inspection.
The second respondent opposed the application but the EC did not raise any objection to it and the presiding judge, Mr Justice Obeng, upheld the application and directed the EC to produce the documents for inspection by June 18, 2021.