NII NOI NORTEY REJECTS ADDISON WIN

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Nii Noi Nortey

After accepting to contest the re-run of the
opposition New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary
primary in the Klottey Korle Constituency, Nii
Noi Nortey, who was shockingly defeated by
Philip Addison in Saturday’s poll, refused to
sign the Electoral Commission’s declaration
form.
According to Citi News’ Kojo Agyemang, his
supporters who spoke to him say they will urge
him to contest the seat as an Independent
Candidate, suggesting that he had been unfairly
treated.
Kojo says Mr. Nii Noi Nortey walked off in
anger after the result was declared and did not
wait to concede defeat or to congratulate the
winner.
Close contest – Votes difference is 23
At the end of voting conducted and supervised
by the Electoral Commission, Mr. Addison
polled 396 out of the 765 votes cast, to beat
his only contender, Nii Noi Nortey, who polled
367 votes.
Out of 790 delegates expected to cast their
ballot, only 765 voted. Two ballots were
rejected.
Previous results
In the previous election, Lawyer Addison only
managed a meagre 22 votes, while Nii Noi
Nortey garnered 393 votes, with the third
contender, Nii Adjei Tawiah, who pulled out of
today’s election to back Addison, managing 19
votes.
Mysterious results?
The outcome of today’s polls is somewhat as
weird as the previous primary, where Nii
Nortey polled as much as 393 votes, only for
him to lose today, to the same contender who
had just 22 votes in the last polls.
Mr. Addison had insisted that there wasn’t
enough time for preparation in the previous
election, and that most people did not vote.
It appears his claim has an iota of truth in it
because putting together the results of the
previous poll for all three contenders, it comes
to 434 votes.
This means that more people voted in today’s
poll considering that 765 out of the 790
delegates voted. It was somewhat expected that
Mr. Nii Noi Nortey who won the first primary,
would most likely reject the outcome of
today’s polls if it did not favour him.
But speaking after his rather sweet victory but
a bitter loss for his opponent, Lawyer Addison
said he will unite the rank and file of the party
to recapture the seat from the NDC.
The re-run controversy
Today’s elections came off peacefully but with
heightened security at the party’s headquarters
at Asylum Down, which is located in the
constituency.
The security ostensibly became necessary
following the tension that had existed between
the two aspirants.
Lawyer Addison was the lead counsel for the
opposition NPP, when the party contested the
2012 election results at the Supreme Court.
The results of today’s poll will somewhat give
credence to Mr. Addison’s claim that the
previous election which he boycotted, was a
sham, hence his decision to annul the outcome
in court.
he fierce contest
Prior to the primary, the two men were
brimming with confidence with Addison saying
he would win because some men from the
camp of his opponent had pitched camp with
him because of some promises he made to
them which had not been fulfilled. But Nii
Nortey said he had done so much work, and
that it was naive on the part of Mr. Addison to
think he was going to win, merely because
some of his campaign team members had
switched to his camp.
Will there be unity?
Looking at how events have turned out in the
constituency, the party would have to do a lot
more to remain united going forward into the
November polls.
The Klottey Korle seat has been won twice by
the NPP in 1996 and 2000, before it lost it to
the NDC’s Nii Armah Ashietey, the incumbent
MP.
NDC’s dilemma
Coincidentally, the NDC in the same
Constituency is also faced with a difficulty of
who leads the party in the November polls.
The daughter of former President Rawlings, Dr.
Zanetor Rawlings, who was elected in the
party’s November primary, is being challenged
in court by the incumbent MP, Nii Armah
Ashietey. Mr. Ashietey says Dr. Zanetor
Rawlings was not qualified to contest the poll
since she’s not a registered Ghanaian voter as
the Constitution prescribes.

Source : citifmonline.com

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