A member of Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Rockson Dafeamekpor has expressed his disagreement with the judgement of the Supreme Court on the mandate of the Electoral commission in the compilation of a new electoral roll.
A seven-member panel of the Apex Court on June 25 dismissed a suit challenging the compilation of the new voter’s register but the full judgement of the court was released on Wednesday (July 15, 2020). Speaking to Citi News, the South Dayi MP hinted of a possibility of the NDC seeking a review of the judgement at the Supreme Court because to the aspects of the ruling are problematic.
He cited the the court’s contention hat the birth certificate cannot be used as a proof of one’s Ghanaian identity, as one part of the ruling his political party disagrees with.
“There is a team that has been put together, they have been looking at it bbecause there are far-reaching consequences on this. For he Supreme Court to pronounce categorically without giving justification that where a person who is in possession of a birth certificate issued by the statutory institutions; the Births annd Deaths Registry of the Republic of Ghana, does not in any way link the content of that birth certificate to the identity of the bearer, it is problematic.”
The Supreme Court, however, gave the Commission the green light to go ahead and compile a new register for the 2020 general elections as planned. it also endorsed the Commission’s decision to remove the current voter ID from the list of identification documents to register in order to vote.