The Executive Director of IMANI Africa policy think-tank, Franklin Cudjoe has stated that the Supreme Court actually did not do anything but only confirmed C.I.126 by allowing the use of NIA card and Ghana passport for the registration exercise.
Franklin Cudjoe explained that what it means is that, institutions can now pass laws for the Supreme Court to comply and endorse, that is why it was very difficult for lawyers to understand the ruling.
According to him, the Supreme Court should have gone beyond only confirming what the law says as it failed to do justice to the case.
“… And because the law is so mechanistic as well, it’s been affirmed. I think that’s the death of our democracy when it comes to these kinds of legal permutations. I think the courts are allowed to do what they want to do but on this particular matter, I think the court needs to be bolder and move beyond just affirming rules which may necessarily be plunderous as well.”..he asserted.
Speaking on The Big Issue Show with Godfred Akoto Boafo on CitiTV, monitored by talksafrica.com political desk, the President argued that, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Electoral Commission’s decision to remove the current voter ID from the list of identification documents required to register ahead of the compilation of a new register and the 2020 general elections.
According to him, the Rule of Law does not necessarily mean that we should be allowed to waste and plunder. He thinks the fault of this whole confusion is coming from Parliament and especially the Majority side because they [Parliament] didn’t even order any audit on the answers that the EC had.
“They could have done the simple thing by causing an audit of the assets but it wasn’t done simply because they came and said they can’t do this without these machines,” he added
He further declared that Parliament is to be blamed because it failed to conduct a proper investigation and analysis into the Electoral Commission’s (EC) reasons for wanting to compile a new register.
By Iddrisu Muftaw |talksafrica.com