Latest news in Ghana this evening Thursday, 25 June 2020
1. EC can compile new voters register - Supreme Court rules View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Supreme Court has ordered the Electoral Commission to proceed with the compilation of a new voters register.
The court ruled that the EC has the constitutional mandate to compile a new register.
The opposition, the National Democratic Congress is challenging the Commission’s commitment to compile a new register.
The court in its decision held that the EC is an independent body and will only be directed by the court if it acts contrary to law. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
There was disagreement between the NDC and the AG’s office over whether or not the court allowed the use of the existing voters ID card.
The seven member panel that heard the case was presided over by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah. Other panel members are Justices Jones Dotse, Paul Baffoe Bonnie, Sule Gbagegbe, Samuel K. Marful-Sau, Nene Amegatcher, and Professor Ashie Kotey.
2. Don't be deceived by NDC's lies - Abronye to Ghanaians View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bono Regional Chairman, Kwame Baffoe is popularly known as 'Abronye DC' has cautioned Ghanaians not to allow themselves to be deceived by the NDC's manifesto lies.
According to him, Ghanaians will forever cry and blame themselves for not making the right choice should they give the past NDC government the mandate to rule this country again.
He has tagged manifestoes drafted by the largest opposition party as a branded 'satanic manifesto' used as a tool to deceive citizens to win their thumbs.
He said there has not been a year that the NDC has been able to fulfill their manifesto promise.
"All they are good at is to draft the branded satanic manifesto to push citizens to vote them into power and after being granted the power to lead, they now show the colors of who they really are," he said on UTV's 'Adekye Nsroma' political discussion show.
3. I’m sorry for disrespecting you – Ejisimanhene begs MP for calling him foolish View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Paramount Chief of the Ejisu Traditional Area Oguakro Afrane Okese IV has apologized to MP and Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwabena Owusu Aduomi for calling him foolish.
Oguakro Afrane Okese IV made the comment when a contender and victor in the primaries, John Apontuah Kumah and his supporters thronged his palace after he was declared winner of the election on Saturday afternoon.
“I will only advise you to be careful and do only what the electorates want; it is true that parliamentarians do not construct roads and other projects, but you can lobby for them to be done if you set your mind to do it; unless you want to behave like that foolish Owusu Aduomi who did nothing for us”. The Chief was reported to have said.
I feel for displaying such an act of disrespect towards you.
4. Full Judgment on the NDC versus EC case View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The National Democratic Congress in May, 2020 sued the Electoral Commission at the Supreme Court over its decision to compile a new voters register ahead of the 2020 elections.
The opposition party stated their stance against the EC’s decision stating that the exercise was unnecessary and costly. The EC being adamant, indicated its resolve to proceed with its decision.
Following this, the NDC sought an order from the court to stop the EC from compiling a new voters register and an alternative order declaring as illegal the decision of the electoral body not to consider the old voter ID cards as a proof of citizenship for registering.
But the Apex court gave them a directive to make a choice on which of their two reliefs they wanted a decision on.
5. Existing voter ID unacceptable for new EC registration View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) will compile a new voter register without accepting the existing ID cards, 3news.com can confirm.
This was contained in the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 25.
There was confusion following the judgement as the plaintiff, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), claimed that its relief to stop the EC from rejecting the existing voter ID cards has been granted.
Its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, told journalists at the forecourt of the Supreme Court that his party feels “vindicated” by the judgement.
But same document sighted by 3news.com indicated that the Supreme Court was unanimous in its decision to dismiss all but one relief of the NDC.
The EC has thus been asked to compile the new register as per the constitutional instrument (CI) 126.
6. KNUST appoints first-ever female Vice-Chancellor View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Governing Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has elected Professor Rita Dickson as the new Vice-Chancellor.
She becomes the first-ever female to lead the science and technology university after beating three others to it.
She takes over from Prof Kwasi Obiri Danso, who will soon bring his four-year term in office to an end.
Prof Obiri Danso would have served another two years had he put in a re-election bid.
It was during his tenure that the school saw a major facelift, as several projects, which had stalled, were completed.
During his tenure, Prof Obiri Danso also took a major decision to convert single-sex halls into mixed halls, which, eventually, led to one of the biggest student riots on campus which made him unpopular among the students.
Sources within the university have attributed his decision not to seek re-election to the aftermath of the 2017 riots.