Electoral Commission (EC) to implement the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA) – Court Rules


An Accra High Court presided over by Mr. Justice Anthony K. Yeboah has ruled in favour of the five applicants, Kofi A. Boateng, Nellie Kemevor, Obed Danquah, Christiana Sillim and Agyenim Boateng. The Applicants, who are resident in the United States of America sought a declaration concerning the 11-year delay in implementing the ROPAA.

The Court ruled that the EC should lay the modalities for implementing the Act before Parliament within twelve months.

According to the judge, the judgment was based on the fact that the applicants have the right to vote and are, therefore, entitled to be registered to vote.

The judge stated that if within the twelve month period, the EC is unable to implement the judgment, the EC would have to write to the court, within thirty days after the stipulated 12-month period, to explain why it was unable to do so, and a publication be put out to the general public to that effect.

The ROPAA provides Ghanaians abroad the right to vote.

Source: GhanaJustice/F.Kyeremateng


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