Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Mr Kwabena Tahir Hammond has said that Apex court’s was right on the NDC vs EC ruling.
According to the legislator, the Supreme Court’s ruling last Thursday 24, June, 2020 was based on the passage of the controversial Public Elections Amendment Regulation, 2020 (C.I. 126) by Parliament.
He stated that the SC couldn’t have come out with anything different after Parliament has voted to approve the C.I 126 which gives legal backing to the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register for the December polls without the use of the old voter’s ID Card as one the document for prove of citizenship.
Speaking with the Press at the Parliament House, Mr. Hammond who is an astute lawyer explained that the SC could have arrived at a different determination of the case if it had declared the passage of the C.I 126 by the legislators illegal.
“The SC did not erred in its decision by asking Ghana’s electoral management body to go ahead with its planned new voter’s registration scheduled for June 30, 2020” the Adansi Asokwa MP insisted.
It would be recalled that before the House approval of the C.I 126, there were strong opposition by the minority members in Parliament who kicked against the decision of the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register for the upcoming elections.
But at the end of the debate on the plenary, 106 members of the Majority side of the House voted in support of the C.I 126 while 96 opposition MPs voted against.