The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has withdrawn its case to the Supreme Court to questioned the power of the Electoral Commission to create a new voter register.

This follows an order from the Supreme Court that the party must choose which of the two reliefs it wanted the court to rule.

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The party’s reliefs were that the EC had no constitutional mandate to compile new register nor reject the existing voter ID cards are a form of identification.

NDC lawyer Godwin Tamakloe, who was given an option in court on Thursday, June 11, 2020, decided the court should make a ruling on the use of the existing voter ID as a form of identification.

Godwin Tamakloe argues that the commission has not proved enough evidence to prove that holders of the current voter ID cards do not deserve to do to.

NDC lawyer, Godwin Tamakloe (left)

The Supreme Court on June 4 instructed the electoral commission to give a legal reason to request that the old voter ID card be removed from the list of evidence that was eligible to vote in the 2020 general election.

The EC made its submission on June 8, providing 6 legal issues to point out why the current voter ID cards were illegible for identification.

In a statement of its reasons, the Electoral Commission claims that the EC is an independent body and has the constitutional responsibility to determine how each registration is carried out.

It also described the old voting document as a “poisonous fruit tree” and as a violation of Article 42 of the Constitution, which defines who has the right to vote.

The EC also referred to the court’s decision in Abu Ramadan and found that the use of the National Health Insurance Card to register voters was not in accordance with Article 42 of the Constitution and was therefore null and void.

The court has adjourned the case to 23rd June 2020, to decide on its final judgement.

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