The Electoral Commission can go ahead with its new voter registrations says an order from the Highest Court of the land.
In its ruling in the consolidated case between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a private citizen, Mark Takyi-Benson versus the EC, the seven member Supreme Court panel presided by Chief Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah, stated that the compilation should be in relation with CI 126 (2020).
CI 126 excludes the use of existing voters Identity Card and the use of birth certificates.
The NDC and the Takyi-Benson had gone to the Supreme Court following the EC’s choice of not allowing the old voters ID and birth certificates as prove of identity for the new registration exercise; except the Ghana card, a passport or for persons to be vouched for.
Delivering its judgment, the court upheld reliefs two and three of the writ and dismissed five other reliefs. It also pronounced that the EC is an independent body and will only be directed by the court if it acts contrary to law.
Thursday’s ruling seemed to have caused division among the interested parties as the NDC maintained the court vindicated their position, however, deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame disagreed.
Source: Nelson Adanuti Nyadror | www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana