Lawyer and Senior Vice President of Accra based policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, Mr. Kofi Bentil has advised the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to take legal actions against the country’s Electoral Commission.
Mr. Bentil’s comment came hours after an application filed by the petitioner to inspect original documents in possession of the EC; in the ongoing election petition was unanimously dismissed by the Supreme Court.
For Mr. Bentil, as long as there is a right to information law in Ghana, it makes no sense for the court to bar the NDC from having access to the documents it needs from the EC.
According to him, it is bad and disturbing that state institutions such as the EC and SC will deliberately be denying individuals their right to information.
“I find it most perplexing and retrograde that a Public institution will insist on withholding public documents and information from citizens, especially when those documents are important in determining a case.
I think NDC should sue the EC under the Right to Information and obtain those documents,” he stated on Facebook.
He continued by predicting that the NDC and the petitioner, John Mahama will not win the election petition case brought before the apex court of the land.
“Ultimately I think the NDC won’t succeed but this ruling is patently retrograde,” he opined.