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THINKTECK 06/25/2020

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The Supreme Court of Ghana has ordered the Electoral Commission to travel ahead with the compilation of a replacement voters register.


The ruling was decided by a 7-member panel presided by judge Kwasi Anin-Yeboah.


According to the Apex Court, the EC is an independent body and can only be directed by the court if it acts contrary to law.


There was, however, a disagreement between the opposition NDC and therefore the AG's office over whether or not the court allowed the utilization of the prevailing voter's ID card.


Meanwhile, NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia in an interview with the media was confident the court had ruled within the party’s favor.


The counsel of the parties involved is waiting at the court premises for a written order for clarity on the ruling.


Background


The National Democratic Congres sued the Electoral Commission at the Supreme Court over its decision to compile a replacement Voters’ register before the 2020 elections.


The opposition party has stated their stand against the choice by the committee to compile a replacement Voters register but the EC insists that it'll proceed with its decision.


The NDC was seeking an order to prevent the EC from compiling a replacement voters’ register and an alternate order declaring as illegal the choice of the EC to not consider the old voter ID cards as a symbol of citizenship for registering to vote.


But the Apex court gave them a directive to form a choice on which of their two reliefs they wanted a choice on.


It is for this reason the NDC dropped the case which questions the facility of the Electoral Commission to compile a replacement voters register.

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