#GIJDecides: Judicial board grants interlocutory injunction application against EC’s voting process

The Judicial Board of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Students’ Representative Council (SRC) has granted an Ex-parte interlocutory injunction application against the Electoral Commission’s voting process.

In an affidavit , the Plaintiff Emmanuel Leanon Laryea Derock sought an order of the court to restrain the defendant, Electoral Commission (EC) from progressing to hold the September 8 SRC elections until further and better particulars have been provided to this honorable court.

Counsel for the Plaintiff, Nana Kwame Asher argued that the action of the SRC Electoral commissioner at General Assembly was too inexplicable, dark, and obscure with regards to the firm or body mandated to provide software for the conduct of the upcoming online poll.

He wants an ‘explicit clarification’ from the EC on whether or not the GIJ’s Information Technology (I.T) Department will provide the software for the conduct of the online election and if there is a private I.T firm that would liaise with the school’s IT department for the elections.

“If the School IT department would provide only the students register to a Private IT firm to conduct the online election,” the Plaintiff averred in his affidavit.

Plaintiff, Emmanuel Leanon Laryea Derock prayed the Judicial board to compel the Electoral Commission to disclose all the contract details with the said firm or IT department to the entire student body in a bid to restore hope, equity, and transparency in the electoral process.

In a court proceeding on Monday, September 6, 2021, the Judicial board presided over by Chief Justice, Emmanuel Winner, granted the interlocutory injunction application against the Electoral Commission on grounds as stipulated by the plaintiff pending the hearing of the substantive matter on Tuesday, September 7.

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