Finally, the EC respects court order; says it will endeavour to meet the deadline of June 29
The Electoral Commission this time has concurred and accepted to follow the Supreme court’s order of providing names of persons who registered with National Heath Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards as a form of identification. Finally, the EC respects court order, saying it will endeavour to meet the deadline of June 29. One can say the EC has gotten real busy following their acceptance to obey court’s order this time around.
The Supreme Court on June 23 gave the commission a period of six days to provide the NHIS registrants, stressing it needed the information to enable it bring clarity on its May 5 judgement, as well as closure of the case regarding the removal of unqualified persons on the voters’ register.
The commission had initially misinterpreted court’s order regarding the case of former People’s National Convention (PNC) youth organizer, Abu Ramadan.
Abu Ramadan filed a suit against the commission, praying court to order for the expunging of names of NHIS registrants from the current voters’ register, as a good number of them are ineligible to vote.
After court ruled in favour of Abu Ramadan, the commission seemed to be reluctant towards carrying out the order, making the plaintiff to head back to court to seek clarification.
On Thursday, June 23, the apex gave the EC six days to provide the names of the NHIS registrants, stressing that it would not allow the commission plunge the nation into chaos. It further ordered that the commission provides the list together with a detailed plan on how the process of deletion and re-registration of the NHIS registrants will take place.