The Supreme Court of Ghana has dismissed the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) new voter register review application brought before it.
This decision of the apex court was taken on Thursday, July 30, 2020 after a renowned legal luminary of the NDC, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata failed to argue the case on behalf of the party.
Justifying his inability to argue the case for the NDC, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata explained that he recently received the documents filed the Electoral Commission (EC) and therefore needed time peruse them.
He added that he also needed time to file additional documents in relation to the case.
The court, however, took the position that Lawyer Tsikata’s request to file new documents are not rooted in law. They therefore directed him to move his review application of which he refused but however called for more time.
Following this, Deputy Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame prayed to the court that the review should be dismissed.
The court therefore upheld his request and dismissed the application citing that it is without merit.
The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that the EC can go ahead and compile a new register in accordance with C.I 126 which excluded the use of birth certificate and existing voters card as proof of identification.
The case was initially heard by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah and Justices Jones Dotse, Paul Baffoe Bonnie, Sule Gbagegbe, Samuel K. Marful-Sau, Nene Amegatcher, and Professor Ashie Kotey.
But the NDC filed for a review of the decision with Justices Yaw Appau and Mariama Owusu joining the panel.