NDC backs lawyer’s decision to withdraw relief seeking to block new voters’ register


    The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it stands with the decision of its lawyer to withdraw the relief seeking to stop the Electoral Commission (EC) from compiling a new voters’ register.

    Speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story Thursday, the party’s National Communications Officer Sammy Gyamfi, said whatever decision the lawyer took on behalf of the party was the best and he was sure the party will win the case on Judgment day.

    This means the NDC can now pursue the relief for the EC to include the voter’s ID card as proof of identity during the registration exercise.

    “The party stands with the decision taken by our lawyers in court today, to rely on our second relief which relates to the exclusion of the current voter’s ID card from registration requirement under the new Constitutional Instrument.”

    The Court on Thursday, asked the counsel for the NDC, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe to make a choice on which of its reliefs it wants to pursue.

    He, therefore, opted to withdraw the request seeking to bar the EC from compiling a new register and instead pursue the exclusion of the voter’s ID card as proof of identity.

    For, Mr Gyamfi, the decision does not mean his party has lost the case to the EC. He then added that anyone with such a mentality is ‘ignorant.’

    “As a plaintiff in the matter, you can only argue your case in court, the law is in the bosom of the judge and here we are talking about justices of the apex court of the land,” he stressed.

    The Communications Officer, was therefore optimistic that come Tuesday, June 23, the judgment of the Supreme Court will be in favour of the NDC.

    Also commenting on the issue, a legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu said it is normal for plaintiffs to amend their reliefs during proceedings so it should not be something new.

    “That is how legal practices go, sometimes you go to court and you are not aware what the judge will ask you to do upon his review of your brief, and that’s normal, we shouldn’t read too much into it because it happens.”