"Judges must learn to write and speak in fluent English" - H. Kwasi Prempeh
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The Executive Director of the of Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), H. Kwasi Prempeh, has entreated the Supreme Court to be more concise and unambiguous in their ruling in court cases because the Supreme Court is for all Ghanaians and now not legal professionals.
His statement comes inside the aftermath of Thursday’s ruling in the case of the NDC as opposed to the Electoral Commission which seems to have been interpreted in another way by means of the events concerned after the courtroom made its judgment.
In a Facebook put up, the regulation Profesor said, “The Supreme Court of Ghana is the ultimate court for Ghanaians, all Ghanaians, now not for legal professionals. Judges ought to learn to write and talk in Plain English!” He endured, “I actually have sighted the written orders on the reliefs. They could have been loads clearer and aimed at the general populace, at the least in precis.”
NDC vs EC face off in courtroom
The National Democratic Congress in May 2020 sued the Electoral Commission at the Supreme Court over its decision to collect a brand new electorate sign in ahead of the 2020 elections.
The opposition celebration said their stance against the EC’s choice, arguing that the exercising become unnecessary and luxurious. The EC being adamant, indicated its solve to proceed with its decision.
Following this, the NDC sought an order from the court docket to stop the EC from compiling a new electorate sign up and an opportunity order affirming as unlawful the decision of the electoral frame no longer to keep in mind the antique voter ID playing cards as proof of citizenship for registering.
But the Apex court gave them a directive to pick on which of their reliefs they wanted a decision on.
It is because of this the NDC dropped the case which questions the electricity of the Electoral Commission to assemble a new register.
The Supreme Court in a unanimous choice merged the two cases towards the EC’s citizens registration exercising. As a non-public citizen Mark Takyi-Banso become additionally in search of the equal alleviation because the NDC.
In today’s ruling, reliefs out of the eight reliefs were granted to the NDC by means of the Apex courtroom. These are the reliefs two and 3. The and 3 states “This remedy is granted subject to the fact that all eligible electorate should make themselves available for registration as directed via EC pursuant to public elections(Registration of voters)(Amendments) Regulations, 202 C.I 126.”
“The relief is granted problem to the voter registration card issued to an eligible voter under the winning constitutional Instrument C.I 126.
Upon this ruling the NDC’s General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia advised Journalists at the Apex Court that they sense vindicated.
He said, “We experience vindicated due to the fact the courtroom itself, in an earlier ruling, has truely said that the ownership of an current voter ID card method that the holder is a citizen of Ghana, who is certified to be registered and exercise his or her powers and, so, the court docket couldn’t have long gone returned on its personal in advance ruling and it did also admit that the right to vote, once it accrues to someone, can not be taken back in a fanciful and capricious way wherein the Electoral Commission sought to do”.
“We simply came out of the Supreme Court and the court has just introduced a verdict, which has granted our request for the inclusion of the existing voter card as a breeder file for the compilation of the sign up and I suppose that we’re maximum thankful”.
“We think that this is the most important issue for which we came to court, so, we’ll get back to the workplace and we’ll cope with a full-blown press conference at the consequential subjects arising”, he stated.
This comment has generated a few confusion as each parties (The plaintiff and defendant) are claiming victory.
The plaintiff believes the courtroom dominated that vintage citizens ID can be used for the compilation of the brand new check in whilst the defendant argues that the courtroom turned into clear that electoral an independent frame and may best be directed by way of the court docket in the event that they cross contrary to the very legal guidelines that introduced their life.
But the court turned into very clear in its order for the EC to move beforehand with the compilation of the brand new citizens register.
However, there was some social media response on this ruling as many trust the court became not clean on its ruling.
Based on the one-of-a-kind interpretation of this ruling, the Executive Director of Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) stated the Judges should learn how to write and speak in plain English.