Electoral Commission Court orders AG to respond to suit against voters' register

Former youth organiser of the People's National Convention (PNC) Abu Ramadan and one Evans Nimako sued the Electoral Commission on grounds that the current electoral roll is bloated and not fit for purpose.

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The Attorney General (AG) has been given two days to respond to a suit alleging that the voters' register is bloated.

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Former youth organiser of the People's National Convention (PNC) Abu Ramadan and one Evans Nimako sued the Electoral Commission on grounds that the current electoral roll is bloated and not fit for purpose.

The AG office was expected to file a response as second respondent but failed to do so citing challenges.

The case has been adjourned to the 14th of April 2016.

The Supreme Court last month dismissed an application for injunction to restrain the Electoral Commission (EC) from going ahead with the Abuakwa North constituency by-election and the limited registration exercise by Ramadan.

According to him, it will be “contemptuous” for the Electoral Commission to conduct the by-election in Abuakwa using the current voters’ register, seeing he is challenging the credibility of same in court.

He stated that the  public will suffer irreparable damage if the EC is allowed to go ahead with the limited registration before the  determination of his substantive case.

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But the Chief Justice and other members of the panel dismissed the interlocutory injunction, urging the EC to engage more with relevant stakeholders in the election to ensure a more transparent process ahead of the November polls.

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