The Deputy Communication Officer of the NDC in the Bole- Bamboi Constituency in the Savannah Region, Tahiru Omega has warned the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to be mindful of the treatment it hands to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as same may be meted out to them when the tables turn.
Mr. Omega’s comments comes on the back of the recent verdict by the Supreme court in a case filed by the NDC against the exclusion of the old voter’s ID as a preliminary document in the compilation of a new voters register towards the 2020 general elections.
The supreme Court in ruling yesterday June 25, unanimously cleared the the EC to commence the registration exercise scheduled on 30th June, 2020 excluding the old voters ID card.
The deputy communications officer in a statement registered his displeasure at the treatment meted out to his party saying “what you do to others will surely happen to you one day”.
He believes there are some super hands involved in the verdict by the Supreme Court which ruled out the inclusion of the old voters ID as a basic requirement in the compilation of a new voters register.
He cited an example in 2015 where the District Assembly elections were delayed due an injunction placed by a candidate whose nomination forms were not accepted and the Supreme Court directed the EC to accept the nomination form of the said candidate.
Omega again said Abu Ramadan filed a suit against the EC claiming some people registered for the voters ID in 2012 using NHIS cards, subsequently the Supreme Court directed the EC to delete all those who registered with the NHIS cards and hence some 15,000 names were expunged from the register.
Didn’t the Supreme Court know that the EC has discretionary powers which cannot be challenged by anybody at that time, what has then changed? He quizzed.
The NDC fraternity including their flag bearer John Dramani Mahama had expressed disappointment at the verdict of the Supreme Court which granted the EC to carry out the compilation of the new voters register excluding the use of the old voters ID card which they believed there are some strong hands involved in the verdict by the Supreme Court.
The EC is set to start the compilation of the controversial new voters register on 30th June using the Ghana card and passport as the basic requirements and in the absence of these one can be vouched for.