Just In: Read Full Interpretation Of Supreme Court Judgement on New Register
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The Supreme Court of Ghana has delivered its judgement on the controversial decision by the Electoral Commission to compile a new voter’s Register.
The Supreme Court in its judgement a while ago ordered the Electoral Commission to go ahead with the compilation of the New Voter registration.
The seven-member panel presided over by Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, the Chief Justice of Ghana, ruled that, the Electoral Commission must include the current voter ID card to the exercise.
The Electoral Commission had earlier ruled out the use of the current voter ID card indicating the means through which they were acquired cannot be trusted.
They argue, most of its holders had acquired the cards using the National Health Insurance Card which foreigners are also entitled to.
The argument by the NDC to stop the compilation of the new Register was thrown out by the court last week.
With this ruling, the National Democratic Congress is vindicated as holders of the current ID card can use them as a means to get their names in the register.
Few hours after the ruling, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketsia told journalists that, the NDC has been vindicated by the Supreme Court which has granted the request for the inclusion of the existing voter cards as a valid document for the compilation of the new voter register.
“The court has granted our request for the inclusion of the existing ID card as a means of registration. We feel vindicated because the court itself in an earlier ruling has indicated that, the holder of an existing voter ID card mean the person is a Ghanaian citizen which qualifies them to register.
It did also admit that the right to vote cannot be taken out from a Ghanaian citizen as the electoral commissions was seeking to do,”. Mr Asiedu Nketsia noted.
With this, ruling, holders of the existing Voter ID cards can walk to the registration centers of the Electoral Commission next week to have their names written in the new register of the Electoral Commission for the December 2020 elections.