Barker-Vormawor: Supreme Court Awards GH¢10,000 Cost Against FixTheCountry Convener

Barker-Vormawor: Supreme Court Awards GH¢10,000 Cost Against FixTheCountry Convener

  • The Supreme Court of Ghana has thrown out a case filed by Oliver Barker-Vormawor and three others against the GRA
  • They wanted the court to punish the GRA for implementing the E-Levy while a motion had been filed against that
  • The 7-member panel of Supreme Court also fined Mr Barker-Vormawor GH¢10,000 as cost

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Ghana's Supreme Court on Tuesday awarded a cost of GH¢10,000 against Oliver Barker-Vormawor after throwing out his application to get the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) punished for contempt.

The lead Convener of the pressure group FixTheCountry and three others wanted the apex court to declare that the GRA breached the court's rules when it implemented the E-Levy despite a motion to block it.

Mr Barker-Vormawor, Benjamin Darko (also a member of #FixTheCountry), Democracy Hub LBG, and Democratic Accountability Lab believed that the Commissioner-General of the GRA erred when he ordered the controversial tax policy be implemented when three members of Parliament had filed an interlocutory application against same.

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Oliver Barker-Vormawor (L) is Convener for FixTheCountry.
Oliver Barker-Vormawor (L) is Convener for FixTheCountry. Source: Twitter/@Graphicgh
Source: Twitter

However, during the hearing on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, a seven-member panel of justices headed by Nene Amegatcher threw out the application as defective. They also said it was frivolous and vexatious.

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Oliver Barker-Vormawor took to his Facebook page on Tuesday to announce the set back.

"Supreme Court has thrown out our Application to commit the Ghana Revenue Authority for Contempt over E-Levy! Cost of 10,000 Ghs have been awarded against me. Shalom," he posted.

He later posted the Supreme Court's reasoning as follows:

According to a Daily Graphic report, the panel of Supreme Court judges believed that Barker-Vormawor, who appeared as Counsel for Benjamin Darko, breached court rules.

"You are coming to the highest court of the land you just Learn how to title your case appropriately, you must do your homework before coming to the Supreme Court," Daily Graphic quoted Justice Nene Amegatcher.

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Meanwhile, has reported in a separate story that a former Deputy Information Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has alleged that the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission plans to compile new voters register in 2024.

According to him, after spending $80 million to compile the register for the 2020 elections, the elections management body was scheming to compile a new electoral roll for the next election.

He posted on Facebook on July 12, 2022, that the EC plans to make the Ghana Card the only source of verification for Ghanaians who would be deemed eligible to vote in the next polls.

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