A law lecturer at the University of Ghana, Raymond Atuguba, has said that Abu Ramadan and his colleague who sued the electoral commission over the validity of the voters’ register lost the case at the Supreme Court.
The court’s judgement has divided Ghanaians, including legal experts, as to whether the Mr Ramadan won or lost as well as what the judgement means.
While the EC insists that there is no express directive from the court on the exact time and the methodology for the removal of names of NHIS card holders, the plaintiffs claim that the court ordered the commission to immediately remove such names before the November polls.
But speaking on News File on Multi TV on Saturday, Mr Atuguba said the plaintiffs lost because the reliefs that they sought were not granted by the court.
“...This is where many people are going astray. If in substance (the judgment) does not lead to actual orders for someone to do something, then you have not gotten anything.
“On the matters that are of concern to Ghanaians, on the substance (that was taken to court) the plaintiffs got zero percent of the reliefs. It cannot be said that they have won their case.
“The judgment is clear but a section of Ghanaians are trying to pitch the judgment in their own idiosyncrasies,” he said.
He said the court determined that the current register was not credible and accurate but it refused to say that that non-credibility and non-accuracy made the register unconstitutional and void.
He emphasised that the court did not order the immediate removal of NHIS registrants from the register because it did not want to meddle in the internal affairs of the EC.