SUPREME COURT DISMISSES ABU RAMADAN’S VOTERS’ REGISTER CASE

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Supreme court, Ghana.

The Supreme Court has dismissed a joint application in which a former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan and one Evans Nimako, were seeking a declaration that the current electoral roll is not credible for the November elections.

According to the seven member panel of justices, the application lacked merit.
They are expected to give details of the ruling later during the final judgment of the case.

The PNC led by its National Chairman, Bernard Mornah, applied to the court to join the case as a third plaintiff indicating that the party was interested in the case.

The party further indicated in the application that any decision taken in the case would have an adverse effect on them hence their decision.

Abu Ramadan  in the suit was seeking the following reliefs:

1.A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992 (hereinafter, the “Constitution”) the mandate of the Electoral Commission of Ghana to compile the register of voters implies a duty to compile, fair and transparent register.

2. A declaration that the 2012 Voters Register which contains the names of persons who have not established qualification to be registered is inconsistent with Article 42 and 45 (a) and therefore unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.

3. An order setting aside the 2012 Voters Register and compelling the Electoral Commission to compile fresh Voters Register before any new public election or referendum is conducted in this country.

The Supreme Court a year ago ruled that the National Health Insurance card (NHIS) does not qualify anyone to be registered as a voter. That suit was filed by Abu Ramadan.

source : citifmonline.com

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