Keeping to his word once again, Abu Ramadan files application in opposition to the 56,000 names on the EC’s list.
The rigorous voters’ register case is not about to end, as lawyers for former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan, have filed an application against the Electoral Commission. This time their application is in opposition to the 56,000 names presented by the EC as persons who registered with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards ahead of the 2012 election.
The Supreme Court had given EC a period of six days to provide a full list of persons who registered with NHIS cards, as well as its plans for the deletion and re-registration of the same people. on June 30, The Commission in compliance with court’s order provided 56,000 names as a full list of the NHIS registrants.
Lawyers for the plaintiff on the same day, opposed and questioned the credibility of the EC’s list. They objected that the list was incomplete, as there were more people who registered with NHIS cards, whom were not captured by the EC. Chief Justice Theodora Wood on foreseeing where the plaintiff’s case was headed, had asked him to provide a full list of the NHIS registrants himself to the EC, as a way of helping the commission out.
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But as we can see, Abu Ramadan is not about to give up on the case. Speaking to the press after yet another unsuccessful case at the court, he had stated that he would resist the EC’s list fof 56,000 names. Mentioning some irregularities in the list, he said the commission’s list was inaccurate, and that the possible reason behind the inaccuracy could be insufficient time given to the EC. Keeping his word once again, Abu Ramadan files application in opposition to the 56,000 names on the EC’s list.
The Supreme Court had on May 5 ordered the EC to delete names of NHIS registrants from the current voters’ register following Abu Ramadan’s suit against the commission. The commission had earlier been reluctant towards carrying out court’s order, to the extent of interpreting it differently, saying that court did not order for the deletion of the names.
EC’s reluctance forced court to issue an ultimatum, after the plaintiff returned to court to seek clarification on the issue. Court had given the commission a period of six days to provide a full list of the NHIS registrants. The EC this time obeyed and provided the full list of the NHIS registrants. But still not satisfied, Abu Ramadan files application in opposition to the list.