Lawyer Tuah Yeboah Speaking with Nana Kwame Agyei Bohyen on Ark In The Morning on Friday, said the ruling of the Supreme Court is in the right direction and does not infringe upon anybody’s right.
According the private legal practitioner, the Electoral Commission has no option than to comply by the ruling of the highest court in the country. Ghana’s Supreme Court has ordered the country's electoral commission to immediately clean up the voter list to be used in this year’s presidential, legislative and local elections.
Lawyer Tuah Yeboah added that every election is separate and distinct activity--and it will be improper for someone to state that some votes in 2012 should be nullified because the register contained unqualified voters.
"The issue of retrospect effect doesn’t count...and moving forward, all those who used health insurance cards to register some years ago will have the opportunity to register again and vote in the upcoming election. It is advisable for them to check their names and follow the right path in order to exercise their constitutional right."
He charged the Electoral Commission to file for a review if they are not certain with the ruling by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court a year ago ruled that the National Health Insurance card (NHIS) does not qualify anyone to be registered as a voter—and therefore ordered the Electoral Commission to remove names of such registrants in a May 7, 2016 ruling.
Abu Ramadan of the opposition People's National Convention (PNC), and Evans Nimako, a farmer from Ghana’s Eastern region, petitioned the Supreme Court, saying the voter list contains list of unqualified registrants. The two asked the court to instruct the electoral commission to compile a new voter list to be used for the elections.
Abu Ramadan in the suit claims the voters’ register contains the names of persons who have not established qualification to be registered and therefore inconsistent with Article 45(a) of the Constitution thereby making same unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.