Declare 2012 voters register null & void – Ramadan prays Supreme Court

The former National Youth organizer of the Peoples National Convention, Abu Ramadan has dragged the Electoral Commission to the Supreme Court, praying the court to declare the 2012 voters register null and void.

He is further asking the Supreme Court to compel the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters register before the 2016 elections.

This follows the Supreme Court’s ruling about a year ago which declared the National Health Insurance card invalid to be used to register on to the national voters register.

This according to Mr. Ramadan means the current register which has names of people who registered with the National Health Insurance card is flawed.

His suit comes at a time of a raging national debate about whether or not Ghana should compile a new voter’s register or just clean and maintain the current one.

A five member panel was put together by the Electoral Commission to consider all proposals regarding the debate. The committee is yet to present its report to the Electoral Commission.

Below are the reliefs being sort by Mr. Ramadan

1. A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992 (hereinafter, the “Constitution”) the mandate of the Electoral Commission of Ghana to compile the register of voters implies a duty to compile, fair and transparent register.

2. A declaration that the 2012 Voters Register which contains the names of persons who have not established qualification to be registered is inconsistent with Article 42 and 45 (a) and therefore unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.

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3. An order setting aside the 2012 Voters Register and compelling the Electoral Commission to compile fresh Voters Register before any new public election or referendum is conducted in this country.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin