Supreme Court Dismisses NDC’s Argument Against Voter …
The Supreme Court has struck out an application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) seeking for a review of the Court’s judgement on the compilation of a new voters’ register.
This development comes after the lead lawyer for the NDC, Tsatsu Tsikata, refused to argue the NDC’s review of the voters’ register case
Mr. Tsikata failed to move the application due to the fact that he had just received the response to their suit from the Electoral Commission (EC) while in court and was therefore unable to argue the case.
However, the Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah after a long period of argument dismissed the NDC’s review case saying it lacked merit.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the EC can compile a new register as it excluded the use of birth certificate and existing voters card as proof of identification.
The NDC argued in its review application that the “Supreme Court in several cases, arrived at its conclusions without due and proper regard for existing laws, and in many cases, without the requisite supporting evidence.”
On the issue of the birth certificate, the lawyers of the NDC argued that “its relevance for public purposes such as obtaining a passport is very well established. Indeed, it is not only in Ghana that this is the case. Throughout the world, the keeping of official records of birth and the use of the resulting birth certificate for public purposes is well established.”
According to the NDC “the Supreme Court’s decision that holders of existing voter ID cards cannot use the same as a source of identification is also a matter of great concern to us as a political party. It is our view that holders of existing voter ID cards have acquired rights based on the fact that the Electoral Commission has gone through a process of identifying them, ascertaining their ages and nationality and has adjudged them to be eligible to vote”.