The Supreme Court will today deliver its verdict on a lawsuit which former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Abu Ramadan, and one Evans Nimako, filed against the Electoral Commission.
In the suit, they are praying the Supreme Court to stop the EC from using the current voters’ register for any form of election in the country.
Concerning the voters’ register, the EC has had a lot of oppositions pressing for the drafting of a new one as they argue that there are a lot of ineligible voters included in the present one. Abu Ramadan had earlier filed a suit seeking the drafting of a new voters’ register.
Mr Abu Ramadan filed another suit against the Electoral Commission in February. He took those drastic moves to see if the court could stop the EC from organizing the March 29 by-election in the Abuakwa North constituency. However, his aim was never achieved as the by-election has come and gone.
The EC decided to conduct a by-election in the constituency due to the tragic death of its Member of Parliament, JB Danquah.
Nevertheless, Mr Abu Ramadan has insistently argued that it would be unfair for the EC to conduct any type of public election using the current voters’ register. He is however, seeking a relief that the EC be stopped from opening the register for new registration until the court makes a decision.
Here are the reliefs sought by Mr Abu Ramadan:
- A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992 (hereinafter, the “Constitution”) the mandate of the Electoral Commission of Ghana to compile the register of voters implies a duty to compile, fair and transparent register.
- A declaration that the 2012 Voters Register which contains the names of persons who have not established qualification to be registered is inconsistent with Article 42 and 45 (a) and therefore unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.
- An order setting aside the 2012 Voters Register and compelling the Electoral Commission to compile fresh Voters Register before any new public election or referendum is conducted in this country.
Another Legal practitioner Kwame Baffoe, also filed a suit at the Supreme Court, challenging the eligibility of some names on the voters’ register to be used for the 2016 general elections this November.
We would recall that following a suit filed by Abu Ramadan about a year ago, The Supreme Court ruled that the National Health Insurance card (NHIS) does not qualify anyone to be registered as a voter.
If in this case the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs are granted, it means that the Electoral Commission will have to produce a new voters register for the imminent November elections.