Information reaching Adom News indicates that, an Accra High Court has placed an injunction on Tuesday’s planned biometric voters’ registration in Akuse town.
The Chief of Akuse Nene Kuleape Tetriku sought the court injunction to be placed on the biometric registration over concerns that, Akuse is not appropriately under any region.
The Electoral Commission (EC) in April suspended biometric Voters’ registration for the people of Akuse due to boundary disputes over whether the town should be placed under the Greater Accra or Eastern region. The EC set 10th July, 2012 as date for the registration after a supreme court ruled that Akuse should be placed under the Eastern Region.
Mr. George Amanor, Spokesperson for the Chief of Akuse told Adom News, a High Court had received notification from all interested parties including EC indicating receipt of the copy of the injunction.
Mr. Amanor said the people of Akuse want EC to put on hold the registration until Akuse is properly placed under a district either in the Greater Accra or Eastern region.
According to Mr. Amanor the EC is therefore expected to comply with the injunction since they (EC) have acknowledged receipt of copy of the order.
He added that the Akuse Chief filed a writ through his lawyer Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (retired), seeking an interpretation of PNDC law 26 as amended by PNDC Law 28 upon the recent Supreme Court ruling on Akuse.
Mr. Amanor argued, the recent Supreme Court ruling never placed Akuse under Lower Manya Krobo in the Eastern region as being claimed by the people of Krobo area.
Akuse had been at the centre of a dispute between the Dangme West District, now the Shai Osudoku District, in the Greater Accra Region and the Lower Manya Krobo District in the Eastern Region following the decision of the Parliamentary Committee on Subsidiary Legislation to place the Akuse Electoral Area under the Dangme West District in the Greater Accra Region, a move which infuriated the authorities and residents of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area.
In its judgment, the highest court of the land declared as null and void the decision of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Subsidiary Legislation to place the Akuse Electoral Area under the Dangme West District in the Greater Accra Region.
It said Parliament was procedurally wrong in enacting the LI because the action contravened Article 11 (7) of the 1992 Constitution and subsequently declared the original version of the LI which placed Akuse under the Eastern Region as valid.
However the Supreme Court, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, in a unanimous decision, declined to rule on a dispute raging between two chiefs connected to the boundary dispute.
According to the court, it only had the power to deal with the constitutional aspect of the suit and emphasised that it was the Regional House of Chiefs which had the mandate to determine chieftaincy matters.
Based on this ruling, Chief of Akuse Nene Kuleape Tetriku directed his Counsel Capt. Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (retired), to file a writ at a High Court to seek an interpretation to PNDC law 26 as amended by PNDC Law 28 since, he believed that, it was this Law that placed Akuse under Shai Osudoku traditional area in the Greater Accra region.
The High Court is yet to rule on the writ.