The Electoral Commission says names of persons who registered with National Health Insurance cards will not be deleted from the electoral roll.
At an Inter – Party Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, May 19, the Commission said the Supreme Court did not order it to delete names of NHIS registrants.
On Thursday, May 5, the Supreme Court ordered the Electoral Commission to delete from the electoral roll names of persons who have not established qualification to be on the register as well as deceased persons and minors.ghanapoliticsonkine.com
The Court granted a relief sought Abu Ramadan and another that, “the current register of voters which contains the names of persons who have not established qualification to be registered is not reasonably accurate or credible.”
It ordered that “(a) The Electoral Commission takes steps immediately to delete or as is popularly known ‘clean” the current register of voters to comply with the provisions of the 1992 Constitution, and applicable laws of Ghana; [and] That any person whose name is deleted from the register of voters by the Electoral Commission pursuant to order (a) above be given the opportunity to register under the law.”
The judgment was interpreted to mean that the court was referring to persons who used the NHIS cards as proof of citizenship to register to vote when it talked about ‘persons who have not established qualification to be on the register.’
But some disagreed with this interpretation.
The EC appears to have been persuaded by the argument that the Supreme Court’s order had nothing to do with NHIS card registrants.