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06 July 2017

High Court orders EC to provide evidence for ROPAA implementation


An Accra High court has given a two week ultimatum to the Electoral Commission (EC) to provide details of evidence of steps they have taken to implement the Representation of the People’s Amendment Act (ROPAA), (Act 699).

The order of the court followed the failure of the EC to meet the deadline given by the court provide detailed information on what they were doing to enforce the law.

Explaining their reasons for not complying with the initial order of the court lawyer for the EC Baffuor Gyewu said the Commission was facing challenges in its attempt to implement the law.

Five Ghanaians resident in the United States have sued the Electoral Commission (EC) over the non-implementation of the law.

The applicants want the Human Rights High Court to declare that the failure by the EC to operationalise the Act since it became law on February 24, 2006, is a breach of their fundamental rights under the various laws (Articles 42 and 33 (5), (Article 13 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, etc.) and legal instruments.

The five – Kofi A. Boateng, Agyenim Boateng, Nellie Kemevor, Obed Danquah and Christiana Sillim also want the court to declare that the refusal to uphold full operationalization of the Act by the Attorney General (AG) – who is also a party to the suit – since it became law, is a breach of the said various laws and legal instruments.

The applicants, among others, also seek a declaration that their “right to vote and entitlement to be re-registered as voters for the purpose of public elections and referenda” in the light of Act 699 have been violated.








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