Suit Filed For Compilation Of New Voters’ Register To Be Heard At Supreme Court Today

The Supreme court is set to hear the suit for the compilation of a new voters’ register today being Thursday. The suit was filed against the Electoral Commission (EC) by the Former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan, who is demanding that a new voters’ register be drafted as the old one contains a lot of foreigners and minors thus, having a lot of ineligible people.

The case was initially scheduled to be heard on Monday but was shifted because a member of the panel was not available. Mr Ramadan filed this suit after requests by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to trash the 2012 voters register was ignored.

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The suit had been filed in December 2015 asking the court to declare the 2012 voters register null and void, and make the EC compile a new voters’ register before any new public election  is conducted in the country. The suit also demanded that

“A declaration that the 2012 voters’ register which contains the name 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”.

Mr. Ramadan filed the suit after the NPP had frowned against the 2012 voters register. The NPP came up with the argument that the 2012 voters register was filled with foreigners and minors and pushed for a new one.

A two-day forum was organised by the EC to debate for and against the compilation of a new voters’ register for this year’s general elections. The forum was held by a five-member committee chaired by a retired Supreme Court Judge and former Electoral Commissioner, Justice VCRAC Crabbe who were appointed to put together views shared at the forum which would influence the EC’s decision. However the EC rejected the request of the NPP.

Apart from the NPP, Lawyers for the pressure group ‘Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA)’, earlier in January 2016 also protested against the 2012 voters’ register, filing a motion to join the suit for the compilation of a new voters’ register.

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