The National Democratic Congress (NDC), including other four opposition political parties in Ghana, have on September 7, 2023, filed a suit against Ghana’s electoral management body, the Electoral Commission (EC) at the Supreme Court, following the electoral management body’s decision to restrict the upcoming Limited Voter Registration to its district offices.
The other four parties are the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the All People’s Congress (APC), the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), and the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP).
The parties believe that the EC’s decision to restrict voter registration centers to district offices has the potential to deprive many eligible voters of their right to register to vote in public elections.
The parties have filed an application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain the EC from proceeding with the announced Limited Voter Registration pending the final determination of the substantive matter.
According to the parties, this is just the first of a series of actions they plan to take to compel the EC to conduct the upcoming Limited Voter Registration at the Electoral Areas.
The Limited Voter Registration will be conducted for eligible Ghanaians who turned 18 years old after the 2020 Registration and other eligible voters from September 12, 2023, to October 2, 2023.
From Tuesday, September 12 to Monday, October 2, 2023, the Electoral Commission will open the voters register for the registration of new voters ahead of the District Level Elections.
The commission has announced that the District Level Elections will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2023.
Apart from the Nkoranza North and Nkoranza South districts in the Bono East Region where the elections will not take place, all other Electoral Areas totaling 6,272 will have their elections on December 19.
The Electoral Commission is hoping to register 1,350,000 new voters by the close of the Registration exercise this year.