General News of Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Supreme Court dismisses another case against EC

The Supreme Court has by a unanimous decision, dismissed another suit against the Electoral Commission over alleged violation of legal procedure in creating the 45 new constituencies.

The court dismissed one such challenge last week. Amartey Azumah, who filed the suit against the EC, had asked the court to declare null and void, the CI 78 which gave legal backing to the creation of the additional parliamentary seats, together with Legislative Instrument (LI 1983) 2010 made by the Minister for the Local Government.

But the court disagreed.

Joy News’ Anny Osabutey who was present in court said the judges’ verdict hinged on the fact that resources and time have been spent on creating the constituencies and any contrary verdict could be detrimental.

Primaries in those constituencies have also been held.

Osabutey however stated that second relief of the plaintiff against the Minister of Local Government was upheld by the court.

Ayikoi Otoo had challenged the mandate for the Local Government Minister to create electoral areas and the court agreed with him.

In an interview with Joy News Mr Otoo took consolation in the fact that the court declared that the Minister for Local Government had no right under the constitution to “declare any electoral areas. It is the duty of the EC.”

“So what was the EC doing when this gentleman usurped its authority,” he quizzed.

Even though he disagreed with the decision by the court, he stated primaries have been held already in those controversial constituencies and the elections will go on anyway.