Supreme Court ruling on new voter registration only brought more confusion to lawyers – Hassan Ayariga

Businessman and founder of All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, is of the view the Supreme Court did not examine well enough the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) case which was brought before it challenging the Electoral Commission’s (EC) exclusion of the existing voter ID cards from the list of documents needed for the compilation of the new voter register.

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According to him, the ruling given by the highest court of the land only brought more confusion.
The Supreme Court supported the Electoral Commission’s position to exclude the current voter ID from the list of identification documents required to register to vote in the compilation of a new register ahead the 2020 general elections.
“The Supreme Court endorsed C.I. 126 to allow the use of NIA card and Ghana passport for the registration exercise. What it means is that institutions can now pass laws for the Supreme Court to comply and endorse. Practically, that is what happened. That is why it was very difficult for lawyers to understand the ruling. The Supreme Court actually did not do anything. It only confirmed C.I. 126 and made some kind of pronouncements for the lawyers to get confused,” he said in an interview.
According to Hassan Ayariga, who is also one of the conveners of the Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voters’ Register, the Supreme Court failed to understand the reality most Ghanaians are faced with having the required documents to register.
“Now what the Supreme Court needs to do is to define who a Ghanaian is by this ruling. Because as far as we are concerned, the Court failed to examine the argument very well. One would ask, is that logic or was that a ruling? Because for me, what the Supreme Court did was to tell Ghanaians that they don’t have to worry themselves about the EC because the EC is an autonomous body. They can compile the register and you just have to follow the rules they have set regardless of the rules in question,” he stated.


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