- The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) will compile a new voter register
- They have been given the clearance following a Supreme Court ruling
- The EC will not be accepting the existing voter ID cards
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On 25 June, Ghana’s apex court ruled that the current voter ID card and birth certificates are not permissible as proof of identity in the Electoral Commission’s upcoming registration exercise.
The Supreme Court of Ghana was presided over by the Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah. The other members on the panel were Justice Jones Dotse, Justice Paul Baffoe Bonnie, Justice Sule Gbadegbe, Justice Samuel Marful-Sau, Justice Nene Amegatcher, and Justice Ashie Kotey.
The ruling by the SC also means all other actions taken against EC on the voter registration exercise is halted.
A private citizen, Mark Takyi-Banson, and the opposition, NDC, went before the highest court of the land asking that the Electoral Commission of Ghana allows for the use of the old voter ID card during the compilation of the new voters' register.
Shortly after the SC’s ruling, there was a different interpretation of the pronouncement by the court. The parties involved in the case had different interpretations to the ruling.
The NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, opined that they have been vindicated by the ruling. “We feel vindicated,” he told the media.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Supreme Court has, in a unanimous decision, ruled and directed the Electoral Commission to commence the voters' registration as scheduled.
In its judgment, the court stated that any case filed against the EC's decision to compile the new voter's register has been nullified.
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