We’re deeply disappointed – Mahama on Supreme Court verdict

John Mahama

Former president John Mahama has said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is “deeply disappointed” following the Supreme Court’s judgement on Thursday.

On Thursday, the apex court dismissed two suits that were seeking the use of the existing voter identification card and birth certificates as the source documents for the upcoming voter registration exercise.

The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court dismissed the case by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) which wanted an order for the use of the existing voter ID card and one Mark Takyi-Benson, who wanted the use of a birth certificate as source documents for eligibility to register as a voter.

Reacting to the decision at a press conference Thursday evening from the NDC Headquarters, Mr. Mahama said his party is “deeply disappointed.”

“We’re deeply disappointed and strongly disagree with the court over this outcome and indeed has thrown the whole country into a state of confusion. Our legal team is examining this decision even as we await the full reasons for this summary,” he said.

He added: “With or without a new register the NDC shall still win the election.”

The ruling

The Supreme Court further held that the Electoral Commission (EC) has the authority granted under Article 45 of the 1992 Constitution to compile an electoral roll.

The apex court granted only two reliefs sought by the NDC which had nothing to do with the inclusion of the use of an existing voter ID card as source documents and dismissed all the other reliefs.

It was a total of eight reliefs that were before the Supreme Court.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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