Latest News: EC Can Compile New Register – Supreme Court Rules.
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25th June, 2020.
EC can compile new register – Supreme Court rules.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Three weeks ago, The Supreme Court of Ghana presided over by Chief Justice, Justice Anin has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC ) of Ghana to provide the legal basis why it has decided not to accept the existing voters’ identification card as a form of identification in the upcoming mass voters registration exercise.
One of the ECs decisions that created hullabaloo in the country is the elimination of the old voters IDs as one of the requirements for new voters registration. This has made the NDC ran to court as they have vowed that they will employ legitimate means to stop the EC.
NDC has argued over the weeks that rejection of the old voters ID is unconstitutional and will disenfranchise many Ghanaians.
The NDC has claimed that the old voters register is credible.
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The Supreme Court has today 25th June, 2020 ruled that the Electoral Commission has the power to compile a new register. But as to whether to include the old voters ID card is also another issue to be discussed.
Private citizen Mark Takyi-Banson and the opposition NDC filed the case in court asking that it stops the EC from compiling the register or allow the use of the birth certificate and voters ID card by prospective voters as proof of identification.
Decision and orders
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.
There was disagreement between the NDC and the AG’s office over whether or not the court allowed the use of the existing voters’ identity card.
The NDC General Secretary told pressmen that the court had ruled in the party’s favour.
The AG’s office, however, holds a contrary view.
Lawyers for both parties are currently at the court premises waiting for the written order of the court for clarity.
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