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Voting Rights High Court to rule on ROPAA

The EC set up a committee in 2011 which produced some modalities but has since not acted.

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The High Court, Human Rights Division presided over by Justice Anthony K. Yeboah will today, December 18, 2017 deliver judgment in the case brought by five citizens over the eleven years delayed implementation of the Representation of the People (ROPAA) (Amendment) Act, 2006 [ACT 699].)

The Kufuor administration superintended the passage into law in 2006 of Act 699 to allow citizens, including dual nationals, to be registered abroad and to vote from abroad.

READ MORE: US-based Ghanaians drag EC to court over ROPAA

The EC set up a committee in 2011 which produced some modalities but has since not acted.

Background

Five Ghanaians resident in the United States have sued the Electoral Commission (EC) over the non-implementation of the law.

Charlotte Osei, EC Chairperson play

Charlotte Osei, EC Chairperson

 

The applicants want the Human Rights High Court to declare that the failure by the EC to operationalise the Act since it became law on February 24, 2006, is a breach of their fundamental rights under the various laws (Articles 42 and 33 (5), (Article 13 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, etc.) and legal instruments.

The five – Kofi A. Boateng, Agyenim Boateng, Nellie Kemevor, Obed Danquah and Christiana Sillim also want the court to declare that the refusal to uphold full operationalization of the Act by the Attorney General (AG) – who is also a party to the suit – since it became law, is a breach of the said various laws and legal instruments.

 

READ ALSO: High Court orders EC to provide evidence for ROPAA implementation

The applicants, among others, also seek a declaration that their "right to vote and entitlement to be re-registered as voters for the purpose of public elections and referenda" in the light of Act 699 have been violated.

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