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EC hit with fresh suit

The Electoral Commission has been hit with fresh suit challenging its decision to compile a new register.

The suit wants the Supreme Court to properly interpret Article 45(a) of the 1992 constitution which gives the EC the power to compile a voter’s register.

It states: the Electoral Commission shall have the power to “(a) compile the register of voters and revise it at such periods as may be determined by law”

The suit was filed by a private citizen, Mark Takyi-Banson.

The fresh legal challenge is similar to the one contained in the main opposition NDC’s legal suit against the EC.

But that first leg of their case was dropped in court during a hearing on Thursday, June 11.

The second leg of the NDC’s case which is now the focus in court is that the EC’s decision to exclude the use of the old voter ID cards in the new voter registration exercise is illegal.

In the fresh suit that revisits the abandoned leg of the NDC’s case, the plantiff argues that the EC only has the power to revise and expand the voter’s register.

But not to compile a fresh one.

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