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Court orders EC to provide legal basis for refusing voter IDs

The Supreme Court has given the Electoral Commission (EC) up to June 8, to offer a legal basis for excluding the existing identity cards from the new voter’s registration exercise.

“The court orders the second defendant [Electoral Commission] 13 days to offer legal basis for not allowing the existing voters identification card to be used in the registration.”

“This legal argument shall be filed before June 8, 2020,” Justice Yeboah directed.

A seven-member panel presided over by the Chief Justice, Anin Yeboah, issued the directive on Thursday.

The other members on the panel are Justice Dotse Victor Jones Mawulor, Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Justice Gbadegbe NS, Justice Marful-Sau, Justice Ashie Kotey and Justice Nene Amegatcher.

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The lawyers in the case are Godwin Tamakloe for the NDC, Justin Amenuvor for the Electoral Commission and Godfred Dame representing the Attorney General.

The case has been adjourned to June 11, 2020.

NDC’s Lawyer, Godwin Kodzo Tamakloe with the deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Barbara Serwah Asamoah

The National Democratic Congress (NDC), in March 2020 dragged the Electoral Commission to the Supreme Court over the compilation of the new voters’ register.

The NDC has argued that the EC lacks the power to go ahead with its plans because it can only “compile a register of voters only once, and thereafter revise it periodically, as may be determined by law.

Accordingly, EC can only revise the existing register of voters, and lacks the power to prepare a fresh register of voters, for the conduct of the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”

The NDC is also asking the court to declare as unlawful the EC’s decision to bar the use of the old voter ID cards for identification in the compilation of the new register.
It said the action is baseless and in breach of the Constitution.

The party wants a  “declaration that the EC, in purporting to exercise its powers pursuant to article 51 of the 1992 Constitution to exclude the existing voter identification cards from the documents required as proof of identification to enable a person register as a voter without any justification is arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable and contrary to article 296 of the 1992 Constitution.”

The EC’s decision to compile a new voters’ register has been met with mixed reactions from the political front.

The biggest opposition party, NDC, and other parties have strongly kicked against it.

But unmoved by its critics the EC proceeded with its pilot registration exercise, which ended on Wednesday.

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12 Comments
  1. Raymond says

    Why should the EC which independent b÷directed by the supreme court to provide legal basis for excluding the old voter ID Card?

    1. Nana says

      Raymond the answer is simple , it’s because you stupid. How can you ask such a dumb question?

      1. Shark says

        Much ado about nothing. Whether they include the old voter’s id or not the new voter register will be far better than the old one.

      2. Wallace says

        Lol

      3. Anonymous says

        😂🤣😂

    2. Anonymous says

      Are you serious? Did you ask same in Abu Ramadan? Go and read your constitution. Answer clearly dey there.

    3. Anonymous says

      Independence doesn’t mean you don’t work according to the law. Independence must not be exercise capriciously. They don’t work for themselves, they are working for the interest of the citizens of Ghana not for the President or any one political party.

    4. Kojo Dickson says

      I am not sure the EC’s independence means to violate the law or misapply it…..my bro.

    5. Anonymous says

      I hope you are just being sarcastic

    6. Ben says

      The independence of the Electoral Commission is subject to the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992. The Supreme Court is the said Constitutions defender and therefore can question any suspicious act which is likely to contravene the Constitution once its jurisdiction has been invoked.

  2. Abdul+Basit says

    The conduct of the EC with regards to their entrenched position not to listen to men of wisdom but proceed on the very tangent a lot described as dangerous wouldn’t earn them good name. They must remember that without our cooperation as citizens, they can do nothing.

  3. Joe says

    E.C is with ruling government to robb the other parties.

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