Ghana’s Supreme Court has ruled that existing voter’s ID cards and birth certificates cannot be used as proof of identification for registration in the implementation of future voter registration.
The ruling was against the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a private citizen Mark Takyi-Banson request to the use of existing voter ID cards and birth certificates as a proof of identification for new voter registration.
The court’s ruling reads, “It is hereby ordered that all stakeholders and the Ghanaian eligible voters are directed to comply with Articles 42 and 45 of the constitution… in carrying out their constitutional mandate in the compilation of a new voters register.”
Article 42 of the Constitution stipulates who can register to vote and states: “Every Ghanaian citizen over 18 years of age has the right to vote and the right to register as a voter for general elections and referendums.”
Article 45 regulates the functions of the Electoral Commission, including the formation and review of voter register at intervals “as required by law”.
In its decision, the Supreme Court also suspended all lawsuits against the EC related to voter registration in every court.
This affects Ashaiman MP Norgbey, who had filed a complaint with the Supreme Court and questioned the power of the EC to make a new voter register.
The decision by the six-member judge panel presided by His Lordship Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah means the EC can go ahead with it voter registration exercise on June 30, as planned.