Supreme Court Strikes Out Application For Injunction On Abuakwa North By-Election

The Supreme Court has struck out an application for injunction on the impending Abuakwa North by-election and the limited registration exercise slated for the 28th of next month to the 8th of May, this year.

The court however declined to give reasons for its decision and said it will be incorporated in the judgment on the substantive suit pending before it.

The former National Youth Organiser of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan and one Evans Nimako filed the suit to restrain the EC from conducting the two exercises pending the outcome of their substantive writ challenging the credibility of the voters’ register.

The plaintiffs have cited flaws in the register with claims that it contains names of persons who did not qualify and those who registered with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards.

Meanwhile, the seven member panel of judges chaired by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood has directed the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General to dialogue with the plaintiffs on the substantive suit challenging the credibility of the voters register.

The court said the parties need to collaborate to consider the reliefs sought and find an amicable solution.

The court therefore ordered the parties to the suit to file a joint memorandum on the issues under controversy and other related points.

The Court held that tolerance and compromise on the issues before the court, will promote peace before and after this year’s General Elections.

The Supreme Court also urged the EC to consider the alternative recommendations suggested by the Justice Crabbe Committee in the interest of all parties.

The plaintiffs, Abu Ramadan and Evans Nimako are praying the court to declare the voters register null and void.

Lawyer for the plaintiffs Nana Asante Bediatuo said the Supreme Court’s appeal is welcome considering the fact that his client has always been for dialogue.

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