Ghanaian voters, especially those, who registered onto the electoral roll using the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards as proof of citizenship, have been urged by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to cooperate with the Electoral Commission (EC) to delete such names as directed by the Supreme Court recently.
The EC on Friday July 8 announced that it has taken steps to implement the order given by the apex court. The voters, who will be affected, are to be given another opportunity to re-register using appropriate national IDs.
The electoral body in a statement signed by Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, Deputy Chair, Corporate Services, said: “The Electoral Commission welcomes the specific directives given by the Supreme Court on Tuesday July 05, 2016 regarding those, who registered as voters in 2012 using the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards as evidence of their citizenship.”
“The Court was very clear in stating that its order supersedes the relevant provisions of the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2016 (C.I 91). This, essentially, means the commission is now empowered to delete such names, while ensuring that they are not disenfranchised. The Commission welcomes this new development which will help the EC and all stakeholders to ensure a clean and credible register ahead of the elections.
“The Commission is taking appropriate steps to comply with the Court’s directives and would make same public in the coming week.”
Mr Kofi Adams, National Organiser of the NDC, who joined hundreds of NDC supporters in the Central Regional capital, Cape Coast, to launch a fan club for the party’s Cape Coast South parliamentary candidate, Kwaku Ricketts Hagan, said: “For those, who may have been affected by the deletion of NHIS card registrants, they must make sure they follow the process that will be laid out by the Electoral Commission to get their names back in the register.”
“If you think Kofi Adams registered with NHIS card, you must make sure Kofi Adams is informed that you are taking his name out because he used an NHIS cards.”