The leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, believes that the Supreme Court did not examine the National Democratic Congress’s case well enough on the exclusion of existing voter ID cards from the list of documents required for registration.
He believes that the Supreme Court’s decision only created more confusion.
The court’s ruling supported the Electoral Commission’s decision to remove the current voter ID cards from the list of identification documents needed for registration in order to be able to register the new voter register ahead of the 2020 elections.
“The Supreme Court has allowed CI 126 on the use of NIA cards and Ghanaian passports for registration. This means that institutions can now pass laws that can be applied and approved by the Supreme Court. In practice, this has happened. Therefore, it is very difficult for lawyers to understand the decision. The Supreme Court actually did nothing. He only confirmed CI 126 and made a decision to confuse the lawyers,” he explained.
Hassan Ayariga, who is also a member of Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voters’ Register, the group opposing the new voter register, said the Supreme Court did not understand the reality of most Ghanaians for registration.
“With this decision, the Supreme Court must determine who is a Ghanaian citizen. Because, to our knowledge, the Court did not examine the argument very well. People will ask, is that logic or a ruling? Because for me the Supreme Court telling Ghanaians they are not to worry about the EC because the EC is an autonomous body. You can create a register and you only have to follow the rules they set, regardless of the rules in question,” he said.