Court throws out NDC suit against EC re-opening voters’ register

Johnson Asiedu Nketiah

The Accra High Court has dismissed a suit filed by the opposition NDC protesting the Electoral Commission’s decision to allow another round of registrations.

The court said the NDC failed to file the suit on notice so the EC could be served, the Daily Graphic has reported.

The NDC was seeking an injunction on the registration exercise scheduled for Thursday which would allow newly qualified voters and those denied the opportunity during the closure of the country’s borders to register for the 2020 elections.

But the main opposition party argues, the one-day voter registration exercise is against the rules of Ghana’s elections as contained in C.I 91.

They pointed out that the EC is required to give a 21 days’ notice of the planned exercise. This would mean that the registration is gazetted and therefore lawful, they explained in their statement of claim.

But even before the merits of their case can be looked into, the court has pointed out a technical flaw in the process of obtaining the injunction.

According to the Daily Graphic, the NDC intends to refile the suit, notifying the Electoral Commission.

The mop-up registration exercise ends in the next 24 hours.

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