Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Mr Kwabena Tahir Hammond has revealed that Ghana’s Apex court’s had no option than to affirmed the Passage of the Controversial C.I 126 by Parliament
Mr. Tahir Hammond maintained that the ruling on the case involving the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Electoral Commission last Thursday 24, June, 2020 was based on the passage of the controversial Public Elections (Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Regulation, 2020 (C.I. 126) by Parliament ahead of the Supreme Court (SC) decision.
According to the Adansi Asokwa lawmaker, the SC couldn’t have come out with anything different after Parliament has voted to approve the controversial 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 in an interview with this report at the Parliament House in Accra yesterday, Mr. Hammond who is an astute lawyer explained that the SC could have arrived at a different determination of the case if it has 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 the controversial C.I 126 there were strong opposition by the minority members as well as some notable organisation including the Concerned University Lecturers of Ghana has 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.
The EC, on March 31, re-laid the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Amendment Regulation, 2020 in Parliament after the originally laid instrument was found to be fraught with errors and thus withdrawn.
It was re-laid after the EC had corrected the identified errors.
The Majority Leader, who had laid the instrument on behalf of the EC on March 16, 2020, pulled it out of the House after the detection of the defects by the Subsidiary Legislation Committee.
The committee considering the instrument had detected the existence of driver’s licence on the form two of the schedule of the instrument, contrary to the omission of driver’s licence in the new regulation.
The committee also found out a typographical error on the form one of the schedule.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH