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Limited voter registration: Supreme Court strikes out NDC, 4 other political parties’ injunction against EC

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The Supreme Court has struck out an injunction application filed by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and four other political parties against the Electoral Commission.

Five political parties made up of the NDC, the Convention People’s Party (CPP), All People’s Congress, Liberal Party of Ghana and the Great Consolidated Popular Party on September 7, 2023, sued the Electoral Commission at the Supreme Court over its decision to restrict the voter registration centres to its district offices.

The parties contended that the EC’s decision had the potential to deprive many eligible voters of their right to register to vote in public elections.

They filed an injunction against the exercise till the substantive case was heard. But the Commission disregarded the injunction and went ahead with the exercise.

When the case was called, both applicants and their counsel were absent in court.
Deputy Chair of the Commission, Dr. Bossman Asare, was however present with his lawyer, Justin Amenuvor.

Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo who presided over the 5-member panel noted that the case couldn’t be set on an earlier date because the Apex court doesn’t sit during August and September due to the legal vacation.

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