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Breaking: You are not neutral, Supreme Court Judge Tells Imani,other CSOs

The Supreme Court judge, Justice Baffoe Bonnie says policy think tank Imani Africa and other civil society organisations that had attempted to join the two cases against the compilation of a voters’ register by the Electoral Commission are not neutral.
The seven-member panel of Justices presided over by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah unanimously dismissed the request to allow the think tanks to join the case saying their application is not supported by law.
The groups have been at the forefront of the push to ensure the EC does not undertake the exercise insisting this is a waste of scarce resources.
Lawyers for the Groups filed an amicus brief application. This is a request by someone who is not a party to a case to be allowed to join it to demonstrate expertise or provide knowledge that will have a bearing on the case.

An affidavit in opposition to this request signed by the Commission’s Chairperson Jean Mensah says the groups have not drawn the court’s attention to any law or decision that appears to have been overlooked by the parties in the case.
She also said they have failed to demonstrate any expertise in law or regarding the matter pending to merit audience in the case. She further adds that the groups have shown over time that they have an interest in the case “in their public utterances”.
Lawyer for the Groups, Joe Aboagye Debrah moved the application on Wednesday morning.


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