Another legal drama is brewing as opposition politician Abu Ramadan, greatly infuriated by the EC’s refusal to implement the Supreme Court ruling to discard names of those who registered with the NHIS card from the voter register, vows to sue all 7 electoral commissioners. According to Abu Ramadan, their action amounts to high crime.
Abu Ramadan of the Peoples’ National Convention (PNC) says the Supreme Court’s ruling included those who registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card. According to him, the NHIS card is not a legal identity to prove Ghanaian citizenship.
Abu Ramadan insists the Supreme Court order was clear in its ruling when it concluded that “the current register of voters which contains the names of persons who have not established qualification to be registered is not reasonably accurate or credible.”
Making reference to portions of the Supreme Court judgment, the PNC former Youth Organizer said, Justice Gbadegbe warned that “failure to implement the orders of SC in a constitutional interpretation matter, amounts to High Crime”.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story, Abu Ramadan expressed anger at the reaction of the EC and has vowed to drag all seven Electoral Commissioners to court.
Continuing his argument, Abu Ramadan indicated that even in court, the judges kept referring to the Supreme Court ruling in May 2015 where it declared that the NHIS card cannot be used to register after the EC had allowed card-holders to do so.
He also said that in court, the EC accepted it could identify and remove voters who used the NHIS card to register.
However, at a meeting with political parties, the EC stated that the Supreme Court did not order it to delete names of voters who used the NHIS as proof of identity. A section of the statement reads:
“For persons who registered with NHIS cards, such registrations were lawful at the time of registration, and the subsequent declaration of unconstitutionality in the earlier Abu Ramadan case, does not automatically render them void”.
According to the Commission, the Supreme Court’s order does not ask the EC to remove names of voters who used the NHIS card. It, therefore, will not and cannot remove the names of the said persons from the voters register.
However, Mr. Ramadan said the EC has deliberately refused to implement the court order because the apex court was clear. He expressed shock that the Electoral Commission, which includes at least four lawyers should fail to understand the ruling.
“They should even understand the Supreme Court ruling better than I [but] they are more confused,” he said on Joy News’ Top Story.
Abu Ramadan disclosed his lawyers are getting ready to head back to court to also cite the seven commissioners for contempt of court. According to him, “If the court spoke in French, the court can speak in English for them to understand the language.”