A Hohoe High Court, on Wednesday (6 January 2020), adjourned sine dine a case before it seeking to place an “order of perpetual injunction” restraining Kofi Adams from presenting himself to be sworn-in as MP-elect for Buem or holding himself as such.
The decision by the Court was as a result of failure on the part of applicants to effect service on Kofi Adams, the first Respondent.
Frank Davies, lawyer for the petitioners said the case had been adjourned indefinitely “because the Court directed that service should be effected on Kofi Adams, MP-elect for the Buem Constituency.
“The applicants were unable to serve him, so the proceedings for today have been stultified. We will attempt to serve him and come.”
He said the case was supposed to be an ex parte application but was subsequently converted to a motion on notice.
“The Court directed that we try as much as we could to serve him [Kofi Adams] with the court process. But something rather interesting happened in court this morning…” he told the media.
Frank Davies said the petitioners would go back to court when they are able to serve him [Kofi Adams].
Lawyers for the first Respondent and the second Respondent were not in court.
The GNA has gathered that the Electoral Commission (EC), second Respondent were however served.
Some 13 voters from the Oti Region have sued Kofi Adams, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament-elect for the Buem Constituency and the Electoral Commission (EC) in a Hohoe High Court for excluding them from the 7 December parliamentary election.
The voters include Stephen Brempong, Wing Commander (rtd) Emmanuel Kusi Apietu, Johnson Addo, Titus Ayivor, Fuseini Abdul-Rahman and others.
The 13, who are residents of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL), filed a suit at the Hohoe High Court challenging the election of Adams.
The petitioners in their suit argued that they were disenfranchised as the EC failed to hold the parliamentary election in the 13 electoral areas where they were expected to exercise their franchise.
They are therefore seeking an “order of perpetual injunction restraining Kofi Adams from presenting himself to be sworn-in as MP-elect for Buem or holding himself as such”.
The petitioners are also seeking a cancellation of the 7 December parliamentary election organised by the EC in the Buem Constituency, and the conduct of a new one to include the 13 electoral areas which will allow them to cast their ballots.
There was heavy security presence at the improvised Court as the main Court was under rehabilitation.