The Supreme court order requesting the EC to furnish it with a legal basis for the exclusion of the current voters’ ID in the compilation of a new register is one big challenge the EC will face according to the NDC.
EC will struggle to find a legal basis for rejecting current Voters IDs according to the Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter BoamahOtokunor.
Peter BoamahOtokunor reacting to the order of the supreme court connoted that the Electoral Commission (EC) has been exposed badly as a result of their entrenched position and attempts to disenfranchise millions of voters ahead of the 2020 elections.
the Deputy General Secretary remarked on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM it was too early for jubilation but the reality was that the EC would not find any law to support their decision and claims.
The EC has up to 8th June 2020 to file its comprehensive statement of the case in which I expect it to explain or give the legal basis underpinning its exclusion of the current voters’ ID.
The suit by the leading opposition party in Ghana, The National Democratic Congress (NDC), was laid before the court as a result of the EC’s attempt to compile a new voters register for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections slated for December 7th.
The party is seeking that the court will make a ‘declaration that upon true interpretation of Article 45(a) of the 1992 Constitution, 2nd defendant [the EC] has the constitutional power, to and can, compile a register of voters only once, and thereafter revise it periodically, as may be determined by law.
It is also seeking to get the court to order the 2nd defendant to revise the existing register of voters instead of a fresh register of voters.
The NDC has indicated on countless occasions that, the decision to compile an entirely new voters register is unreasonable, useless, and waste of state resources.