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Finally electoral commission has won the court case

FrederickKD 06/25/2020

Supreme Court has ruled that the Electoral Commission has the mandamus to compile the new voters' register.

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The plaintiffs,a citizen,Mark Takyi-Banson and New Democratic Congress (NDC) filed the case in court asking that the EC should stop it's decision to compile the new voters' register or allow the use of the birth certificate and voters ID card by prospective voters as proof of identification

Electoral commission's arguments to the court

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The commission in its arguments says the existing voter register which was compiled in 2012 and amend since by limited exercises has been held by the apex court as not being reasonably plausible.

Legal team for the Electoral Commission

The EC related the cases of Abu Ramadan and Another v. the Electoral Commission and another and Kwasi Danso Acheampong v the Electoral Commission and other.

It argues the two cases raised questions about the existing voters register with one holding that using the National Health Insurance card to get on the register was contrary to law.

The Commission says this means

“the credibility of the register compiled pursuant to C.I. remains in doubt save the registrations done with the voter identification cards before the coming into effect of C.I. 72”.

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The commission further says not using the Voters ID and birth certificate will afford it an opportunity to compile a credible register.

What the Deputy AG said

Deputy Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame plead the apex court not to hinder the EC’s quest to obey and respect the law. He said the EC has inletted to training its officers not to obey and respect constitutional instrument and that was ample evidence to support the view that the current card cannot be used in the registration exercise.

From the panel

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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, SamuelProfessor Ashie Kotey,K. Marful-Sau, Nene Amegatcher.

Decision and orders

The court in its decision held that the EC is selfstanding body and will only be directed by the court if it acts advisely to the law.

There was misunderstanding between the NDC and the AG’s office over whether or not the court approved the use of the existing voters ID card.

information from general Secretary, NDC

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NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia 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 now at the court premises waiting for the written order of the court for lucidity.

Source: opera.com
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