My interpretation of Supreme Court judgement correct – Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia says he still stands by his interpretation of the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court in the matter his party sent to the apex court of the land against the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC). He said his interpretation is correct but the Court only barred him and the NDC from further challenging the judgement. Mr Asiedu Nketia, popularly known as General Mosquito, defended his interpretation in an interview on Onua TV‘s 100 Degrees on Monday, July 13. After the Supreme Court dismissed his party’s suit on Thursday, June 25, Mr Asiedu Nketia immediately addressed journalists and explained that the judgement was in their favour. This generated confusion as Deputy Attorney General Godfred Dame had also indicated that all the reliefs sought by the NDC against the EC had been dismissed. Speaking with host Bright Kwasi Asempa on the show, Mr Asiedu Nketia said even the lawyers of the NDC were in agreement with him and still believe the judgement was in their favour. “Yes, I still stand my ground that there was no clarity to the Supreme Court ruling as far as I am concerned but they ruled that there should not be any related suit in future. “This is even unheard of in a democracy that even before you file a case, a judge has already given judgement on your intentions.” He said the judgement just as clear to everyone was clear to him. For the former lawmaker, it was about the rights accrued by a citizen of Ghana based on eligibility granted by  previous voter registrations. So if the Supreme Court says one cannot be dispossessed of that accrued rights, he stressed, it means my interpretation is correct. Asked if he did not consult his party’s legal team before addressing the media, Mr Asiedu Nketia said they had discussed what he told the media right after the judgement and that the legal team of the NDC, just like everyone saw, backed him literally and they still believe what he said was correct. The NDC was seeking to stop the EC from excluding the existing voter ID cards then from the new registration. But the Court ruled that the exercise be conducted with the new constitutional instrument, CI 126.

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By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana ]]>