Supreme Court Throws Away IMANI’s Amicus Brief On Voter Registration Excercise
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The Supreme Court has disregarded an application filed by way of coverage think-tank IMANI Africa and some other civil society organizations in search of to be considered as friends of the courtroom within the case related to the Electoral Commission’s planned voter registration exercising.
The Deputy Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame in opposing the amicus utility argued that IMANI and its cohorts did now not offer any important additional statistics that might resource the Court within the willpower of the problem.
The Court, presided over by way of Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, agreed with the Deputy Attorney General and disregarded the application saying the methods as filed had been no longer supported by means of law.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Adukwei Mensa had in advance in a counter-motion to what were filed with the aid of IMANI and the CSOs said the Supreme Court need to reject the request as she believes that their involvement will not add any price to the case but alternatively put off complaints.
Among other motives for her position, she stated the applicants did now not show that they'd knowledge in law or within the concern rely.
“The applicants have not drawn this Honourable Court’s attention to any regulation or selection which seemed to were omitted via this Honourable Court or the events or their counsels as the felony authorities contained in the proposed amicus quick.”
She argued in her affidavit that “The applicants have additionally not proven any understanding that they have got in law or concerning the problem currently pending earlier than the Court for which the be counted must entertain a quick from them.”
“Furthermore, the candidates have not stated or proven that they have any unique information relating to the translation and protection of the constitution and its guaranteed rights (the difficulty be counted) which isn't yet at the disposal of this Honourable Court, the parties and their lawyers or seemed to be neglected through the court docket or the parties earlier than it.”
Jean Mensa in her affidavit additionally argued that the application through IMANI Africa and the rest of the CSOs looking for to be pals of the courtroom is only for them to searching for an possibility to re-argue the plaintiffs’ case and granting it'd be an abuse of the process and would unnecessarily delay the willpower of the suits earlier than the Supreme court docket.
“In the circumstances, I pray that the application herein be brushed off,” she advised the apex court.
Meanwhile the President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has defined as disappointing the selection of the court docket to throw out their software.
He said his outfit has however regular the court docket’s selection in desirable faith.
“On the onset of this utility we stated we are on the benevolence of the regulation so something they do, we live with it. We are upset although that they didn’t even don't forget the quick itself. We think that they could have benefited substantially from it but the laws have spoken and we are able to’t quarel with that. I desire that the selection they arrive at might be the path that everyone can stay with it.”