Supreme Court throws out Abu Ramadan's suit against EC

Supreme Court throws out Abu Ramadan's suit against EC

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application for the submission of fresh evidence by two politicians seeking to challenge the credibility of Ghana's voters' register ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The seven-member panel has adjourned the case to May 5, to rule on the substantive issue.

The dismissal of the application clears the way for the court to decide on the substantive case on Thursday May 5, 2016, a report myjoyonline.com said on Tuesday.

The two opposition politicians, a former youth leader of the People's National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan, and an NPP youth leader, Kwame Baffoe, argue that the voters' register in its current state is not fit to be used for the November elections.

Since the Electoral Commission rejected a demand to compile a new voters’ register, the two politicians are arguing that it should at least conduct an exercise to clean up names deemed ineligible to be on the roll for the polls, according to the report.

Counsel for the two, Nana Bedietuo Asante, applied to introduce fresh evidence which suggested that the EC lied to the court when it stated that it could identify such voters on the electoral roll.

The lawyer says they are in possession of a tape recording of Deputy EC chairpersons, Ahmadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaah, admitting that it the commission could not determine who registered with the NHIS card and that its database captured no such information.

But the Supreme Court at its sitting Tuesday unanimously dismissed the application, saying it has no merit, according to the report.

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The seven-member panel has adjourned the case to May 5, to rule on the substantive issue.

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