EC Deletes 56,772 NHIS Registrants From Register

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The Electoral Commission has confirmed the deletion of more than 56,000 registrants who registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) from the voters roll per the orders of the Supreme Court.

The commission made the  disclosure  at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Tuesday and reiterated  that all the affected registrants can re-register between July 18 and 28, 2016  in order not to be disenfranchised. 

After the meeting, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National Democratic Congress’ Director of Elections revealed that  the EC has not only promised to submit the list of affected persons  to all registered political parties but they will also  publish the  names in the  National Dailies as well as post them at the various district EC offices.

The Supreme Court by unanimous decision on  May 5, directed the Electoral Commission to immediately delete the  names of  all persons who registered with the National Health Insurance Authority cards from the voters’ roll.

The court further directed that persons who may be affected by the order should be properly notified and given the opportunity to re-register ahead of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections scheduled for November 7.

But both the EC and the plaintiffs disagreed  on the true interpretation of the court’s ruling, a situation that prompted  the plaintiffs to go to court again seeking proper interpretation of the earlier ruling.

The court then subsequently issued a six-day ultimatum to the EC to furnish it with all the names of those who registered with the NHIS cards and an outline of the modalities for removing the names.