While insisting getting the voter’s register ready for the elections is a shared responsibility, the EC calls on stakeholders to help delete NHIS registrants…
The Electoral commission (EC) has called on stakeholders to render them some assistance in the task of cleaning the voters register as directed by the Supreme Court.
The EC’s Director of Public Relations, Eric Kofi Dzaklpasu, made this call during an interview with Cti News. According to him, the responsibility of making the voters register valid and suitable for the upcoming elections should not be left to lie only on the shoulders of the EC. While insisting getting the voter’s register ready for the elections is a shared responsibility, the EC calls on stakeholders to help delete NHIS registrants.
Having submitted 56, 000 names of NHIS registrants, it was still being argued that there are many more persons who registered withe NHIS card that were not captured in the list. Mr Dzakpasu therefore, called on concerned individuals and groups to come up with any name who they know was registered withe the NHIS car. He stated clearly that the Electoral Commission will accept, as well as work on any name submitted to them as one of the NHIS registrants.
“The entire process of cleaning the register and ensuring a credible election is a collective responsibility. All stakeholders have their roles to play and that is what the Supreme Court said. Any other person who is not on the roll, if you can identify them and have proof of it and bring them to the Commission, we will definitely have to work with it.”
The Supreme Court had on May 5 ordered the EC to delete names of ‘unqualified persons’ 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. They rather interpreted the ruling differently, saying that the court’s order did not imply deletion of NHIS registrants.
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 56,000 NHIS registrants. But still not satisfied, Abu Ramadan filed application to question the authenticity of the list.