A legal suit that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) filed against the Electoral Commission (EC) on its decision to compile a fresh voters’ register is part of a grand scheme to waste valuable time for the exercise.
According to information gathered by Frontpageghana.com, the opposition has outlined elaborate cases that it intends to challenge in court with the hope of further dragging the date of the intended exercise.
The information indicates the NDC plans to challenge four cases in court that includes the omission of a birth certificate by the EC, the National Identification Authority (NIA), the voters’ registration exercise, and lastly but not least the COVID-19 pandemic.
A source inferred that should all the cases take even two weeks the opposition will succeed in holding the exercise in court for two months.
This will pin the EC far behind schedule and eventually evaporate any chances of compiling the new register for the 2020 elections.
In March the NDC sued the EC after the party had staged a number of protests against the compilation of the new register.
The NDC sought a declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the 1992 Constitution, the EC 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,” parts of the suit read.
The NDC has since insisted 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.
Therefore the only plausible way is to change the register.
The NDC, however, insists these issues can be fixed without compiling a new register.