The Electoral Commission (EC) of the Republic of Ghana has reacted to the Supreme Court ruling which took place today 25th June 2020.
In a Press Release signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Sylvia Annoh AG, the Supreme Court dismissed the case brought against the EC by the National Democratic Congress and some other private citizens to include the old Voter ID as form of identification for the new voter register.
Below is the full content of the Press Release of today 25th June 2020.
25th June 2020
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS C.1.126
The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision today Thursday the 25 of June 2020 dismissed the cases brought against the Electoral Commission.
The Supreme Court directed the Commission and all its stakeholders to comply with Articles 42 and 45 of the 1992 Constitution and CI 126. Public Election Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
For the avoidance of doubt, Ci 126 spells out the requirement for proof of identification for the purposes of the registration. It states as follows ;
(3) A person who applies for registration as a Voter shall provide as evidence of identification one of the following:
(a) A passport (b) A National Identification Card issued by the National Identification Authority, or (c) One voter registration identification guarantee form as set out in Form One of the Schedule, that has been completed and signed by two registered voters and
(Was as By the substitution for sub-regulation (4), of
4) Despite paragraph (c) of sub-regulation (3), a Registered Voter shall not guarantee the identity of more than ten persons
As a Commission that believes in the sanctity of the law, we respect the decision of the Supreme Court. In the words of the Court, “The Electoral Commission in exercising their discretion in the discharge of their constitutional mandate in cleaning the Voters Register should be deemed as authorized to be acting within the law and the regulations herein and cannot be faulted even if it is considered that there is a more efficient model or method available,
The Electoral Commission takes this opportunity to assure its stakeholders that the Voters Registration Exercise will start from Tuesday, the 30th of June, 2020 to August, 2020.
The Commission entreats al its stakeholders to hold themselves in readiness for the Voters Registration Exercise
The Commission will enforce strict safety protocols at its Registration Centres across the country so as to protect Applicants from the COVID-19 pandemic
May God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation Great and Strong
2020 Voter Registration Exercise. Your Safety is Our Concern.
MRS. SYLVIA ANNOH AG
DIRECTOR of PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Meanwhile, the NDC has accused the EC of being partial with it ways of handling the voter register, stating that it aims to use the new voter register to rig the upcoming elections in December.
By Iddrisu Muftaw | Political desk | TalksAfrica.com