Managing Editor of New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has described as a step in the right direction, the opposition National Democratic Congress’ decision to take the Electoral Commission to court over the Commission’s decision to compile a new register ahead of the 2020 general elections.
According to Mr Baako, the best way for anyone in a democracy to express disagreement is to resort to legal procedures which can be accompanied by demonstrations, press conferences and media interviews and the NDC needs to be congratulated on that step.
“To be honest, they’ve gone to court and for me that’s a very positive initiative. They can do that, that can complement demonstrations, press conferences, radio and Tv programs, that’s my whole life, I’ve been an activist and an agitator and so I can’t sit here, it will smack of hypocrisy and double standards if I ever try to undermine the value of those options and so they are entitled to those options. The most effective cure to express discomfort in the decision by the EC is the advocacy you will do in the court of law and they have done that so I congratulate them,” Kweku Baako said on Peace FM, Saturday.
The NDC after a series of protests and press conferences has sued the EC over claims the Commission does not have the legal mandate to compile a fresh voters’ register.
The NDC is seeking a “declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 45(a) of the 1992 Constitution, 2nd Defendant (EC) has the constitutional power to, and can, compile a register of voters only once, and thereafter revise it periodically, as may be determined by law. Accordingly, 2nd Defendant can only revise the existing register of voters, and lacks the power to prepare a fresh register of voters, for the conduct of the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”
According to Kweku Baako though he disagrees with the NDC’s reason for taking the matter to court, he believes that seeking the court’s interpretation on any matter is the right thing to do and can put the controversies to rest.
“There is this thing about article 45(a) which is bringing the confusion about compiling or doing a new register because the article says the EC can revise…I didn’t go to school too far but I know revise doesn’t only mean you should tweak, revise can also mean change. I’m sure it is an intellectual masturbation we are engaged in so they should go to court for the court to decide, it will help us going forwards.
“Otherwise where is the 1992 register? It’s dead and buried. 2004 we compiled a new register, in 2012, we compiled a new one. This agitation for new register is no joke, from 1988 to 1991 there was a massive protest and so we used the 1988 register for the 1992 elections. Maybe they [NDC] are being consistent cause they didn’t want the register change, that was a really bogus and fraudulent register but we went with it and so in principle I’m in support of the action they have taken and we are all waiting to hear what the Supreme court has to say,” he added.