It is widely believed that the pending judgment by the Supreme Court could likely demand the National Elections Commission (NEC) to clean up the Final Registration Roll (FRR). This is important because instead of a re-run of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections that have been challenged on grounds that the entire voters’ roll was marred with fraud and irregularities, their clean up could restore confidence in the electoral system. The court is expected to rule in the matter on Thursday, December 7. Both Liberty Party (LP) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) have repeatedly accused the Commission of tampering with the FRR on the basis that people whose names were not found on it the FRR were recorded on sheets across and allowed to vote during the October 10 representative and presidential elections.
It may be recalled that, in the Republic of Ghana, the Supreme Court there decided a similar matter in 2012, when the current President Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) challenged the victory of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of President John Dramani Mahama, who was recently defeated.
At the time, Addo had argued that the voter roll was messy and completely incorrect as provided for by the Ghanaian electoral laws.