An attempt by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to get the Magistrate Court at Agotime Kpetoe order for the removal of the names of 60 registered voters from the voters’ register has hit a snag.
The Court threw out the case after the petitioners failed to convince it to grant their relief.
It cited several loopholes in the petitioners’ argument some of which include their lack of knowledge of the electoral laws, electoral area, false declarations, inability to issue form 12 of CI91 to respondents, malicious intent and a calculated attempt to disenfranchise the voters as well as attempt to mislead the court.
The voters had their names in the Electoral Commission’s roll for Akpokop L/A Primary A and B polling station.
The court has therefore ordered the EC not to delete the names of the 60 people from the voters register.
The case comes after the Ho Magistrate Court recently directed the Electoral Commission to expunge some 99 names from the voters’ roll in the Ho central constituency of the Volta region.
This was as a result of objections raised by one Leonard Agbesi, a resident of Hodzokorfe claiming those persons were not ‘residents or ordinarily residents’ of his community, where they registered as stipulated in the Public Elections Regulation, 2016, Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 91.
Figures from the Volta Regional directorate of the Electoral Commission revealed that a total of 5,656 objections were raised during the voters’ register exhibition exercise in the region.
3193 of the objections were on the basis of the persons being deceased, while the remaining 2463 are being objected to, on the grounds of being non-residents or non-Ghanaians.
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