Election 2016 NDC MP drops out of race

Joseph Appiah Boateng, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Afram Plains South constituencyAppiah is to be replaced with the party’s Eastern regional secretary Mark-Kevor.

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Joseph Appiah Boateng, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Afram Plains South constituency in the Eastern Region, has dropped out of the race.

Mr Appiah Boateng, who is currently the Member of Parliament for the area, is said to have dropped out after a court granted a motion by one Dickson Adjei Danso that the MP should be prevented from campaigning for the December polls because he was embroiled in a criminal case.

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A lawyer for the plaintiff Nkrabeah Effah-Darteh told the Daily Guide newspaper: “In 1998/99, the Honourable MP, known as Joseph Appiah, ran away from a criminal case against him at the Osu Police Station, changed his name to Charles Yeboah, and travelled to New Zealand. Along the line, he got involved in a case of fraud and was convicted in Auckland and sent home to Ghana."

Reports say lawyers for the MP failed to convince the Presiding Judge Patience Mills Tetteh to dismiss the case on Tuesday.

Appiah is to be replaced with the party’s Eastern regional secretary Mark-Kevor; who is currently filling his nomination form for submission to the EC.

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