The Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) John Mahama says the party will win the upcoming December 7 general elections with or without a new voters register.
The Supreme Court has disallowed the use of the old Voters’ ID card for the upcoming Voters’ registration exercise, a decision which is a slap in the face of the NDC which had prayed the court to allow the use of the old voters’ ID card.
In a ruling Thursday morning, the Seven Member Supreme Court panel granted 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.
The opposition NDC argued that a new voter’s register will deprive many Ghanaians the right to vote in the polls if the existing voters’ ID card is rejected a claim the EC disagrees with.
The party argued in its suit that the EC lacks the power to go ahead with its plans because it can only “compile a register of voters only once, and thereafter revise it periodically, as may be determined by law”.
Commenting on the Supreme Court ruling at a press briefing Thursday night, Ex-President Mahama stated the apex court’s judgment will in no way stop the NDC’s imminent election victory.
“I call on all Ghanaians who yearn to see a change in the governance of this country to rise up to be counted for where there’s a will there’s a way.
“No politically engineered voters register can save this failed government from the judgment of the people from the inevitable defeat that awaits it in the next 165 days. With or without new voters register the NDC shall win the elections by the grace of God.”