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Supreme court strikes out injunction application against EC

Source The Ghana Report

The Supreme Court has struck out an injunction application against the Electoral Commission (EC).

The application was filed on September 7, 2023, by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and four other political parties.

The four others are the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the All People’s Congress (APC), the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) and the Great Consolidated Popular Party.

They sought to stop the EC from proceeding with the just-ended limited voter registration exercise.

The parties argued that this decision by the EC could potentially disenfranchise numerous eligible voters by depriving them of the right to register for public elections.

But a five-member panel, led by Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, struck out the application due to the absence of the applicants and their legal representatives.

On the other hand, the Deputy Chairperson of the EC, Dr. Bossman Eric Asare, and the EC’s lawyer, Justine Amenuvor, were both present in court.

The Chief Justice explained that the case could not be set for an earlier date because the apex court does not sit during August-September due to legal vacation.

Prior to the ruling, lead counsel for the Electoral Commission, Justin Amenuvor, also pointed out that the five political parties had not filed any statement of case since filing the injunction.

He stated, “I believe that they are all satisfied with the exercise that went on. To date, there has not been any statement of a case—just a writ and an application”.

The apex court subsequently struck out the application by the five political parties.

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