No ‘political register’ will save you from defeat – Mahama to Akufo-Addo
Former President John Mahama says the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will win the December polls with or without a new voter’s register.
According to him, government and the Electoral Commission are on an agenda to exclude majority of Ghanaians from voting on December 7 when the country elects a President and Parliamentarians.
“No politically engineered register can save this government from the defeat that awaits it in December. With or without a new voters register, the NDC shall win the elections,” he told supporters of the NDC at the party’s headquarters in Accra.
He also noted the party is disappointed in the Supreme Court over the judgment which excludes the existing voter’s ID card as proof of identity in the upcoming voter’s registration exercise.
“We are deeply disappointed and we strongly disagree with the court over this outcome which has confounded everyone and created even more confusion in the minds of many Ghanaians”.
The Supreme Court has in a judgment today, Thursday, June 25, disallowed the use of the old Voters’ ID card for the upcoming registration exercise.
The Seven Member Supreme Court panel granted the relief three of the suit which talks about the use of the old voters’ ID card for the upcoming voters’ compilation exercise subject to the prevailing C.I 126.
However, the prevailing C.I 126 prevents the use of the existing voters’ card as proof of identity in the compilation of the new register.
The parties involved in the suit were sharply divided over the Court’s direction.
The Court upon dismissing some of the reliefs sought by the NDC and Mark Takyi-Banson directed the EC to go ahead with the voter registration exercise as scheduled.
The Court also said the registration should be conducted in line with the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations 2012, C.I. 91 as amended as the newly passed Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2020 C.I. 126.