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MP files suit against EC over new register

Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, Ernest Norgbey has filed an application at the High Court seeking to perpetually restrain the EC from compiling a new voters’ register for the 2020 polls.

The Electoral Commission’s decision to compile an entirely new register has been met with several oppositions and the suit by the MP is one of many currently before a court.

The lawmaker wants the High Court to declare that the election management body has no mandate under the Public Election (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2020 (CI 126) as amended and that the existing voters’ register is the only valid and lawful register for the conduct of public elections until revoked by a law validly made or passed.

The Court is expected to hear the case on Monday, June 29, 2020.

This is the 3rd suit against the EC on the question of voter identity following one brought by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and another by a private citizen Mark-Takyi Banson; both of which have been consolidated by the Supreme Court and expected to be today (Wednesday, June 24, 2020).

The Ashaiman MP will also be praying the court to place an interim injunction on the voter registration exercise until the court determines the outcome of his suit.

The electoral commission is expected to begin a voters registration exercise on Tuesday June 30,2020.

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