A day’s training on Election Registration of Voter, 2016 and its Regulation C.I. 91 has been organised for some selected judges and magistrates in Kumasi.
The training, which was under the auspices of the Judicial Training Institute of the Ghana Judicial Service, brought together selected circuit court judges and magistrates from the Upper East, Upper West, Brong-Ahafo and Ashanti Regions.
According to the Deputy Director of the Judicial Training Institute in charge of the Northern Sector, Mr. Jacob Zurobire Soung, the training was aimed at sharpening their knowledge on the application of the C.I.91 Regulations during court proceedings on voter registration and election related cases.
“We are training them on C.I.91 which is a regulation for voter registration and election, and if there are challenges about the just ended voter registration exercise which are likely to come to the court, then the magistrates and judges may address them appropriately,” he said.
Mr. Soung noted that the main objective of the training was to have a very credible electoral register for the November 7 polls as offenders of the voter registration are going to be duly tried and punished.
He explained that “C.I. 91 tackles electoral offences like double and multiple registration, registration of minors, double voting, registration of foreigners and others and so it is necessary to train the Judges and magistrates on the application of the regulation and its provisions”.
Mr. Soung said cases related to the just ended voter registration exercise by the Electoral Commission are yet to be brought to the court.
“At the moment, we are yet to have the committees to assess cases relating to the registration exercise because they have not yet come to the court and that is why we are training them in preparation of such cases,” he said.
He appealed to all judges and magistrates as well as prosecutors to work hard and speed up hearing process on voter registration and election cases since those cases are time-bound with regards to the Electoral Commission’s calendar.
From Kingsley E. Hope,Kumasi