The Supreme Court has adjourned the highly anticipated case between the Electoral Commission and the National Democratic Congress to June 23 for judgment.
The Supreme Court today, Thursday listened to legal arguments from the NDC, the Deputy Attorney General and the Electoral Commission.
The NDC is challenging of the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voter’s register for the December polls.
NDC had argued that the Court by its own decision had certified the existing voter ID as proof of citizenship and it is therefore at a loss as to why the EC is seeking to go contrary to that decision more so when the Court’s decision has not been overturned.
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 opposition had prayed the court to declare the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections as null and void.
It has also asked the court to order the EC to include the existing voters’ ID card to the list of identification documents needed to register to vote apart from the Ghana card and passport.
But in court today, June 11, 2020, the NDC, dropped its case questioning the power of the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register.
It however made the exclusion of the existing voter ID from the identification requirements its core case.
Deputy Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame urged the apex court not to impede the EC’s quest to obey the law.
He says the EC has admitted to training its officers not to obey a constitutional instrument and that was enough evidence to support the view that the current card cannot be used in the registration exercise.