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.