The Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina T. Wood, has appointed Supervising High Court Judges in each of the 10 regions as Chief Registration Review Officers.
Their main function is to determine appeals against the decisions of the District Registration Review Committees made in respect of claims, objections and challenges that may arise during the ongoing nation–wide biometric voter’s registration exercise.
This was contained in a statement issued by Mrs Grace A. Tagoe, Director of Communication, at the Judicial Service in Accra.
This is in the exercise of the powers conferred on the Chief Justice by Section 19 of the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations 2012 C.I. 72, which was publicly gazetted on February 21, 2012, to replace the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 1995, which has since been revoked.
The section provides for the establishment of a District Registration Review Committee which shall examine challenges related to the registration of voters in the district.
The functions of the Committee, mandate it upon receipt of a completed voter registration form of a challenged applicant and the completed voter registration challenge form, to among other things, take evidence from the concerned parties, examine relevant documents, call witnesses to testify and carry out any investigation relevant to the issue.
The Committee shall for the purpose of taking evidence and calling witnesses have the same powers as a District Court.
According to the statement, the Chief Registration Review Officer will to report these appointments to the Chief Justice.
“…the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) will soon commence training for these judges and magistrates to enable them to effectively discharge their functions under C.I. 72. “ the statement said.