Supreme Court’s Six-day Deadline to the Electoral Commission (EC) to produce names of persons who were registered to vote, using the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card as proof of Ghanaian citizenship, expires today, June 29.
The court order, which was issued on Thursday June 23, demanded that the EC provides it with a full list of the names in six days, to enable it bring closure to the matter.
In addition, the five judges panel also asked the Commission to provide them with a detailed plan on how they were going to carry out the deletion and re-registration of the affected persons.
Issuing the directives, the Supreme Court warned that they will not allow the Electoral commission, to “plunge the country into chaos”.
The Supreme Court’s latest order became necessary after the former People’s National Convention (PNC) Youth Organizer, Abu Ramadan, went back to the court to seek clarification regarding the removal of ‘unqualified persons’ from the voters register.
There are fears the EC may not be able to meet the deadline, but it has rejected the assertions insisting that the list can be made available to the Supreme Court.
Speaking to Accra-based Unique FM, the Assistant Head in Charge of Communications at the EC, Yussif Ayuba, gave assurances that the Commission will meet the Supreme Court’s Wednesday deadline.
Mr. Yussif had said that the EC is “working very hard” to meet the deadline come Wednesday, the 29th. He also assured that the controversy surrounding the deletion of the NHIS card registrants from the register will not disrupt the 2016 election calendar.
The Supreme Court On May 5, ordered the EC to delete names of NHIS registrants from the voters’ register following the suit filed by Abu Ramadan against the commission.
But the EC seemed to be reluctant towards carrying out the order as it interpreted it differently, saying that court did not order for the deletion of the names. Following the commission’s reluctance, Abu Ramandan, whose suit against the EC, led to the ruling in the first place, returned to court to seek clarification.
Although the EC finally agreed to discard the names of the NHIS registrants, the apex court has refused to allow them do it at their own time.
All ears are now on ground to get latest information on what finally transpired – Will the Supreme Court sanction the EC for not meeting the deadline; or did the EC meet the Supreme Court’s six-day deadline, after all? We’ll certainly keep you updated.