Court dismisses NDC’s suit to stop EC's 1-day voter registration exercise

Court dismisses NDC’s suit to stop EC's 1-day voter registration exercise

The Accra High Court, on Wednesday, 30 September 2020, dismissed a suit by the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that sought to challenge the one-day voter registration exercise by the Electoral Commission (EC).

The court ruled that the NDC’s suit should have been filed on notice to enable the EC to be served.

The NDC’s suit was intended to place an injunction on the EC’s re-opening of the register on Thursday, 1 October 2020, without gazetting it.

Also, the NDC wanted the court to order the EC to act in accordance with the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations 2016 (C.I 91) for the one-day registration exercise.

According to the NDC in the suit filed, the EC failed to publish in the gazette a 21-days’ notice of the intended exercise in accordance with the elections governing law of the country.

 “A declaration that the Electoral Commission has acted ultra vires in its attempt to reopen and/or conduct registration of voters scheduled for Thursday 1st October 2020 when the Electoral Commission has not caused to be published in the Gazette, twenty-one (21) days’ notice of this voters registration to the political parties and the general public;” the statement of claim by the NDC noted.

The writ named the EC and Attorney General (AG) as first and second respondents.

The EC has scheduled Thursday, 1 October 2020 to reopen the voter roll to enable persons 18 years and above who could not register in the recently held exercise to do so.


Source: fm