Founding President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has expressed disappointment in a decision by the Supreme Court to dismiss an amicus curiae application by the civil society group and some three others in the ongoing case involving the Electoral Commission of Ghana and the National Democratic Congress.
IMANI Africa and the other CSOs including ASEPA, filed the application in the landmark case challenging the Electoral Commission’s decision to limit the eligibility criteria for the compilation of the proposed new voters’ register to only the Ghana Card and passport.
According to Franklin Cudjoe, its decision was informed by supplementary evidence and information it has which it believes could be helpful to the case.
However, on Wednesday June 24, 2020, the apex court, presided over by Chief Justice Anin Yeboah threw out the application, arguing that, besides the application being biased, it contained no critical additional information that would aid the court in the determination of the ongoing case.
Speaking to members of the press following the court’s decision, president for IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe said ” We are disappointed that they didn’t even consider the brief itself… I doubt they even read the brief… We think that they would have benefited a lot from it. But the law has spoken and we can’t quarrel with that… I hope the decision they arrive at eventually will be a decision everyone can live with in this country.”
Responding to questions on whether IMANI Africa and the other CSOs will throw in the towel in the ongoing case following the court’s decision, Mr. Cudjoe noted that “It doesn’t stop us from activism. We’ll keep on speaking about the matter because we think that these are critical matters of public policy.”
The Supreme Court has since set June 25, 2020 to give its ruling on the case challenging the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register.