The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sued the Electoral Commission (EC) over its decision to compile a fresh voters’ register.
The opposition party has already staged a number of protests against the C body’s decision.
In their latest line of action, the NDC is seeking a “declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the 1992 Constitution, 2nd Defendant has the constitutional power to, and can, compile a register of voters only once, and thereafter revise it periodically, as may be determined by law.
“Accordingly, 2nd Defendant can only revise the existing register of voters, and lacks the power to prepare a fresh register of voters, for the conduct of the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”
Or in the alternative, “A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution, specifically article 51 read conjointly with article 42 of the Constitution, the power of the 2nd Defendant [EC] to compile and review the voters’ register must be exercised subject to respect for and the protection of the right to vote.”
The NDC has since insisted that there is no need to compile a new voters’ roll but the Commission is adamant.
According to the EC, the current voters’ register and its management system and biometric verification devices cannot deliver a credible election.
The only plausible way is to change the register, the EC says.
The NDC, however, insists these issues can be fixed without compiling a new register.
Find the party’s suit against the EC below
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF JUDICATURE
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF GHANA
ACCRA – A.D. 2020
WRIT TO INVOKE THE ORIGINAL JURISDICTION OF THE SUPREME COURT
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS PLAINTIFF
H/NO 12, ADAMA STREET, ADABRAKA
ATTORNEY GENERAL DEPARTMENT
ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF GHANA
NEAR RIDGE HOSPITAL
IN THE NAME OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA, you are hereby commanded within fourteen (14) days after the service on you of the statement of the Plaintiff’s case inclusive of the day of service, that you are to file or cause to be filed for you a statement of the Defendant’s case in an action at the suit of:
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS of Accra:
The nature of the reliefs sought is as follows:
OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE
The Capacity in which the Plaintiff is bringing this action is as follows:
The Plaintiff brings this action in its capacity as a citizen of Ghana to seek the interpretation and/or enforcement of the provisions of the Constitution under Articles 2(1) (b) and 130(1) (a) thereof.
The address for service for the Plaintiff is as follows:
National Democratic Congress
H/No 12,Adama Street, Adabraka, Accra
The address for service of Counsel for the Plaintiff is as follows:
LAW OFFICES OF AYINE&FELLI
NO.C808/29 1ST CLOSE LILY STREET,
EAST LEGON, ACCRA
The names and addresses of persons affected by this writ is as follows:
DATED AT ACCRA THIS 19TH DAY OF MARCH, 2020
GODWIN KUDZO TAMEKLO
LAWYER FOR THE PLAINTIFF
LIN NO.e GAR02107/20
AND FOR SERVICE ON:
THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION