Ghana’s Electoral Commission has been hit by another suit challenging its move to compile a new electoral roll ahead of the 2020 general polls.
The suit filed at the Supreme Court by Mark Takyi-Benson, a private citizen, wants a declaration that the electoral management body, after compiling a new voter’s register once, can only revise it from time to time.
The issue over whether or not it is appropriate for the Jean Mensa-led Commission to exclude birth certificates and old voter ID cards from registering has also been raised in the new suit.
The reliefs are as follows:
“A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of article 45(a) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana the Electoral Commission’s constitutional and statutory mandate to compile the register of voters for the conduct and supervision of all public elections and referenda is spent saving only the power reserved in the Commission to revise and expand the register of voters at such periods as may be determined by law
“A declaration that the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new register of voters is inconsistent with and a violation of article 45 (a) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
“A declaration that regulation 1(3) of the public elections (registration of voters) (amendment) regulations, 2020 (C.I. 126) is inconsistent with and violates the provisions of articles 42 and 45 (e) of the 1992 Constitution to the extent that it excludes Birth Certificates issues to Ghanaians as a mode of identification and/or establishing qualification to be registered in the register of voters.”
Below is the full suit
Source: Daily Mail GH