NDC vs EC: Supreme Court adjourns judgement to June 23

The Supreme Court of Ghana

The Supreme Court of Ghana will give its judgment in the case between the Electoral Commission and the National Democratic Congress to June 23.

There was heavy security at the court premises as the police positioned itself at vantage points to avert any possible clashes.

The NDC is challenging of the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voter’s register for the December polls. The opposition NDC argues that a new voter’s register will deprive many Ghanaians the right to vote in the polls, a claim the EC disagrees with.

The party has argued in its suit that the EC lacks the power to go ahead with its plans because it can only “compile a register of voters only once, and thereafter revise it periodically, as may be determined by law”.

The main opposition also wants the apex court to impress on the EC to accept the old voter’s ID cards in compiling a new register instead of just Ghana Cards and the Ghanaian passports.

Meanwhile, when the case was called on Thursday, the NDC withdrew its case at the Supreme Court questioning the power of the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register.

This follows a directive from the Supreme Court judges for the party to make a choice on which of their two reliefs they wanted a decision on.

The lawyer for the NDC, Godwin Tamakloe, who was given the options while on his feet in court today, Thursday, June 11, 2020, opted for a ruling on the use of the old voter ID, dropping the claim of the unconstitutionality the decision by the EC to compile a new register.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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