NDC vs EC Case: Supreme Court Finally Gives Its Verdict
Today, the Supreme Court of Ghana finally gave a verdict on EC’s ability to compile the new Voters Register for the December 7 Elections.
However, the judgment had left many confused as it was difficult to understand as both parties are giving different interpretations.
Mr Asiedu Nketia, the General-Secretary of the National Democratic Congress explained that, the verdict meant that the old voter card could be accepted as a legal document for registration by the Electoral Commission in the upcoming election exercise.
However, others understood it otherwise that the case by the NDC was thrown out of court.
Ackah Blay of Joy News explained further: “The court granted the NDC’s relief two and three but in giving the order it said the exercise should take place in compliance with CI 91 and 126 as amended. That’s what’s causing the confusion now,”
A seven-member panel heard the case which was presided over by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah. Justice Jones Dotse, Paul Baffoe Bonnie, Sule Gbagegbe, Samuel K. Marful-Sau, Nene Amegatcher and Professor Ashie Kotey were the other panel members.
The Supreme Court in its legal authority held that, the Electoral Commission is an independent body and will only be advised by the court if it did anything contrary to the law.
There was a misunderstanding between the AG’s office and the NDC as to whether the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the NDC that, the current voters’ card could be used for the new voter card registration.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia told the media present that, the verdict was in favor of the NDC.
The lawyers of both the NDC and the Electoral Commission are however still on the court premise waiting to receive a written order to clarify the issues relating to the judgement.