New Voters Register: Supreme Court Orders EC To Provide Legal Basis For Excluding Voters’ ID

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SC orders on new voters registers
The Supreme Court of Ghana

The Supreme Court of Ghana has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to provide the legal basis for excluding the existing voter identification card from the list of requirements for impending voters’ registration exercise.

The decision was taken by the seven-member panel presided over by the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah today.

The Court also asked the applicant which is the National Democratic Congress(NDC) to do same if it has any legal arguments within the same time frame.

The case has been adjourned sitting to the 11th of June 2020.

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Background

The National Democratic Congress(NDC) sued the Electoral Commission seeking among others “a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the 1992 Constitution, on whether 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”.

The party is also seeking a declaration on whether the EC “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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Additionally, the NDC also wants “a declaration that, upon a true and proper interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution, particularly article 42, upon the registration of and issuance of a voter identification card to a person, that person has an accrued right to vote which cannot be divested in an arbitrary and capricious manner”.

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