Court extends the implementation of ROPAA by another 12 months

An Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Nicholas Abodakpi, has granted the Electoral Commission (EC) a 12-month extension to operationalise the law that permits Ghanaians living abroad to vote in national elections, the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA).

According to the court, despite evidence showing the EC failed in the past to prioritise implementation of the law, there appeared to be renewed commitment on the part of the new commissioners.

An Accra High Court in December 2017, ordered the EC to within 12 months initiate moves to implement ROPAA.

But lawyers for the EC in January this year, filed an application for extension on grounds that the EC was facing challenges that would make it difficult for them to obey the orders of the court

In his ruling today, Justice Abodakpi, said the EC, in its application, had not raised logistical or resource constraints which had been a major justification for failed implementation over the years.

The 12 months extension elapses in January 2020.


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