Give collation sheets to parties – Supreme Court orders EC

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The Supreme Court has ordered the Electoral Commission to make collation sheets for Presidential elections available to parties and their agents after close of polls.
The petitioner who is former Director of Research at Parliament, Kwesi Nyame Tease-Eshun, sought to expose flaws in the new law that governs the 2016 general elections.
Under the CI 94, the EC is not obliged to provide copies of the collation sheet to political party agents. The petitioner, represented by Akoto Ampaw described this provision in the CI as an ‘absurdity’.
“It defies reason and constitutes an absurdity for [the EC] not to make provision for furnishing the candidates or their agents with copies thereof at the constituency collation centre,” the writ states.
CI 94 was meant to deal with flaws in the previous law (CI 74), as exposed in the 2013 election petition. But it appears even the new CI 94 is problematic.
Justice Atuguba who read the judgment of the Court on behalf of the seven-member panel directed that the EC confers with lawyers for the plaintiff to rectify the anomaly identified in the CI after which the Court will adopt the amendment as law.