The honourable added further: “Our Diaspora contributes a lot to nation building. Sierra Leone should follow Ghana’s example and allow them their right and the right to serve their country”.
It can be recalled that a Human Rights High Court has ordered the Electoral Commission of Ghana to take all necessary steps to enable Ghanaians living abroad to vote in the 2020 elections.
The Representation of the People Amendment Act 2006, (Act 699) was passed into law 11 years ago, during the Kufuor Administration, but has since not been implemented. The court presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah said the implementation must be carried out within the next one year.
The court in its judgement said the Electoral Commission has no justifiable reason not to carry out the dictates of a law that binds them. The court said the EC’s justification for the delay in implementing is unreasonable and outrageous.
The applicants who are all members of the Progressive Alliance Movement (PAM) – a New York State incorporated nonprofit organization, were seeking “a Declaration that Applicants have fundamental human rights under Articles 17(2), 42 and 33(5), of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2006 [Act 699] Article 13 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, Article 25 of The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Protocol 1 (article 3) of the European Convention on Human Rights