SC of Ghana orders EC to file legal basis for excluding existing voters card


A seven member panel of the Supreme Court (SC) presided over by Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to file further legal basis why the existing voters identification card cannot be used for the compilation of the new register by Monday, the 8th of this month.

It subsequently adjourned the case to the June 11, 2020 for hearing.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sued the EC over its decision to compile a fresh voters’ register. The opposition party has already staged a number of protests against the Commission’s decision.

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In the party’s latest line of action, the NDC is among other things seeking a declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the 1992 Constitution, 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.

Accordingly, it can only revise the existing register of voters, and lacks the power to prepare a fresh register of voters, for the conduct of the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.


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