NPP executive drags EC to Supreme Court over voters’ registration

The Supreme Court will on April 6 hear a motion seeking to stop the Electoral Commission from going ahead with the limited voters’ registration exercise scheduled for April 18.

Kwame Baffoe, who is the Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party, wants the exercise that is aimed at registering new voters halted until the final determination of a suit he has filed at the court.

In the substantive case, Mr Baffoe is seeking to compel the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register since the current register is unfit for use in the November 7 general election.

“That the current register is not fit for the 2016 general election as it is publicly known to be bloated and contains names of constitutionally ineligible voters,” he claims in his writ.

He argues that the current register is fraught with names of foreigners, minors, and deceased persons among other ineligible persons, noting some people registered with National Health Authority cards, which the court declared as unfit for registration.

According to him, the EC has failed to put effective measures in place to prevent the registration of foreigners, minors and other ineligible persons from registering in the limited voters register.

He contends that the arrangements by the EC in the run up to the registration exercise are “undemocratic and flies in the face of the principles of good governance”.

The Youth Organiser claims the EC have failed to implement the VCRAC Crabbe Committee’s recommendations and findings having spent huge sums of taxpayer’s money.

Mr Baffoe avers going ahead with the limited registration exercise in the face of what he termed glaring flaws in the current register, is inimical to democratic principles for which reason the EC ought to be stopped.

That unless the EC is restrained by an order of this honourable court, the EC will go ahead to conduct the proposed limited registration of voters slated”.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah||Ghana



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