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444 Disqualified Voters In Zabzugu To Vote …Court Rules

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The Supervising High Court Judge Tamale, His lordship Richard Kogyapwah sitting as the Chief Registrar Review Officer of the Northern Region Tamale has set aside the decision of the District Registration Review Committee, Zabzugu disqualifying the registration of some 444 people from registering as voters in the Zabzugu Constituency to partake in the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. 

The Chief Registration Review Officer in his opinion further directed the Electoral Commission to issue the Appellants with their voter ID cards to enable them exercise their franchise in the fore coming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.

Background

Sometime in August 2020, the District Registration Review Committee (DRRC) sitting at Zabzugu in the Northern Region of Ghana allegedly upheld various applications challenging the registration of the Appellants suspected to be sympathizers of the New Patriotic Party as qualified voters to be enrolled on the 2020 voter register of the Electoral Commission.

The Appellants being dissatisfied with the said decision disqualifying them from registering to enable them exercise their constitutional right on 18/08/2020 lodged an Appeal with the Chief Registration Review Officer pursuant to Regulations 21(1) of CI 91 of 2016.

The grounds of appeal were premised as follows;

  1. a) The decision is against the weight of evidence
  2. b) The District Registration Review Committee erred in law when it took its decision without taking evidence from the Appellants.
  3. c) The District Registration Review Committee was not properly constituted when it purported to have determined the application challenging the registration of the Appellants.
  4. d) The purported decision of the District Registration Review Committee was not signed by the Members and thus same cannot stand as a valid decision of the District Registration Review Committee.
  5. e) Further grounds of appeal will be filed on receipt of the Record of Proceedings

The matter travelled from September, 2020 until 28th October, 2020 when the final verdict was given upholding the appeal and not only setting aside the decision of the DRRC but ordering the Electoral Commission to issue voter ID cards to all the 444 Appellants.

The Chief Registration Review Officer gave several reasons for his decision but prominent among the reasons were the lack of jurisdiction due to the improper constitution of the District Registration Review Committee and breach of the audi alteram partem rule.

The Chief Registration Review Officer in his concluding remarks intimated that the constitutional right of the Appellants to vote as citizens of Ghana ought to be protected.

The Appellants were represented by the head of the New Patriotic Party Northern Region Legal Committee – Kay Amoah Jnr Esq., and Sylvester Insang Esq. The 3rd to 6th Respondents, party agents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), were represented by Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe Esq.

 

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