The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sued the Electoral Commission (EC) over its decision to add more days to the registration of voters on campuses of Senior High Schools that have officially not been approved as registration centres, the Daily Graphic has reported.
The Opposition party on Friday, July 10, 2020, reportedly filed the suit at the High Court (General Jurisdiction) listing four reliefs, along with orders the court shall deem fit as well as disciplinary costs.
The National Democratic Congress is specifically asking for:
- A declaration that it is illegal and wrongful for the Defendant (Electoral Commission) to conduct registration at any place including campuses of a Senior High School which was not contained in a Gazette and notification in accordance with C.I. 91.
- A declaration that any such registration of voters including students that take place at any ungazetted and unpublished registration centre including Senior High School campuses is null and void and of no legal effect.
- An order excluding names of persons registered at those illegal centres from the register of voters.
- An order for perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant whether by itself, officers, agents, or any other functionary personnel from carrying out registration of voters in any Senior High School or place not duly gazette or published in accordance with C.I. 91 as amended.
The Electoral Commission (EC) in an earlier statement copied to Georgeweb.org announced to embark on a 2-day registration exercise for eligible and qualified students who are above 18 years in various Senior High Schools across the country.
The voter’s registration exercise which commenced today in all the Senior High Schools across the country is expected to end tomorrow July 11, 2020.
The Commission in the statement indicated that it would extend the registration day for SHSs when the need be for all eligible students to be registered.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of GES, Cassandra Twum Ampofo in the statement said the conduct of the voter’s registration exercise in SHS/TVET schools across the country for eligible students by the Electoral Commission (EC) was upon the request of the Ghana Education Service (GES).