Ruling on limited voter registration disappointing, but we accept it


George Opare Addo.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed disappointment at the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss an injunction application which sought to restrain the Electoral Commission (EC) from undertaking the limited voter registration exercise.

The registration which was suspended earlier over the court case has now been scheduled for June 17, 2019, at the EC’s district offices and selected electoral areas.

Speaking to Citi News, the National Youth Organizer of the NDC, George Opare Addo said his party will still comply with the ruling despite their disagreement.

“The NDC welcomes the decision of the court because we are a law-abiding political party…[but] we are not happy with the decision because we believe that this whole new process is going to disenfranchise people. My expectation was that the court would have asked the EC to do what we always do.”

“It beats my imagination that the Supreme Court will go ahead and ask that they can go ahead and do this. I only foresee challenges happening, because I don’t think everybody will be given the opportunity to register. As a political party, we will go back to the drawing board, look at what we can do to encourage our members and encourage the good people of Ghana to go out and register,” he said.

Ghanaian, Umar Ayuba, filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking for an injunction to stop the Electoral Commission from going ahead with the limited voter registration exercise.

According to the plaintiff, the decision by the EC to hold the exercise at the district offices and selected areas was without legal basis.

Members of the NDC in the Ashanti Region, prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling, vowed to organise a demonstration to challenge the Electoral Commission’s decision to conduct the exercise at the district offices of the EC.

The police subsequently secured a court injunction to stop the party from organising the exercise.

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