The Supreme Court which is obviously seeking closure on the voter register court case has given the EC a deadline of June 29, and the commission is expected to comply
Technically, the Electoral Commission has six days to provide names of the full list of persons who registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card as a form of identification. The Supreme Court which is obviously seeking closure on the voter register court case has given the EC a deadline of June 29, and the commission is expected to comply.
It further ordered that the Commission provides it with a detailed plan, on how the process of deletion and re-registration would take place. A clear interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling is that; EC should compile a list of all voters who were registered onto the poll roll using NHIS cards, which the same court had earlier ruled was not a document that could be used as proof of one’s citizenship.
The Supreme Court also warned that it will not allow the EC to bring about chaos in the country. According to reports, the EC was absent in court today, and so did not reveal the measures it is planning to take concerning the deletion of names of NHIS registrants.
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Former People’s National Convention (PNC) National Youth Organiser; Abu Ramadan eventually kept his word of heading back to the apex court to seek clarification on its order to the EC, regarding the removal of unqualified persons from the voters register.
The Supreme Court On May 5, ordered the EC to expunge 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 returned to court today to seek clarification on the ruling.
The EC had finally agreed it would delete names of the NHIS registrants in July during exhibition exercise, but as it appears, the apex court has refused to grant the commission such luxury.