The Supreme Court has dismissed an amicus brief filed by four policy think tanks through which they sought to join a consolidated case in which the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a Ghanaian citizen, Mark Takyi Banson, are asking the apex court to prevent the Electoral Commission (EC) from prohibiting the use of existing voter ID card as a valid proof of identity for compiling a new voter roll.
The four think tanks are IMANI Africa, Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASPEA), Conservative Policy Research Center (CPRC) and Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI).
According to the bench, the amicus brief filed by the think tanks did not necessarily bring anything new to the case and previous utterances in the media landscape by the CSOs suggest that they are supportive of one party in the case and hence cannot be a neutral party.
The bench also wondered why the think tanks had not shown interest in the first writ regarding the NDC vs Attorney General and EC, which also sought similar reliefs.
The bench, presided over by Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, dismissed the application.
After hearing the arguments from the parties involved in the substantive case, judgement has been set for tomorrow, Thursday, 25 June 2020