Seven residents in the Zebilla Constituency of the Upper East Region have dragged the regional directorate of the Electoral Commission to court for changing the voter registration date for some 13 centres to August 2020.
The seven residents say the area was originally billed to start the exercise from June 30 to July 5, 2020, but the EC has moved the date of the registration in the 13 centres from 1st to 6th August 2020.
The plaintiffs, Mr. Anyagba Abugri and six others are claiming that the change of date is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise eligible voters in the ongoing registration exercise.
They are, therefore, seeking from the court for an interlocutory injunction stopping the EC from changing the date in the 13 centres.
Speaking to the issue, lawyer, for the plaintiffs, John Ndebugre explained that the Regional EC Directorate’s decision to change the date as contained in the Electoral Commission’s Gazette release on May 26 was capricious and unfair to eligible applicants and a gross violation of Article 23 and 296 of the 1992 constitution.
According to the lawyer, eligible applicants in the said registration centres will suffer impeccable damage and inconvenience if the request of the plaintiffs is refused since a lot of residents may be disenfranchised.
Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Mr. William Obeng Adarkwa says the EC has officially not being served.
“I haven’t received any writ from the plaintiffs yet at our office. But on the other side, the commission will come out to officially [respond to it]. I think consideration is being given to the stands of the plaintiffs.”
“We cannot be an insensitive organization, we are serving the society and if the society has certain reservations about what we are doing then we have to amend our ways. So, the commission today is going to take a stand and communicate to us and accordingly we shall communicate to the media”.