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Supreme Court sets July 5 to give orders on Abu Ramadan’s case

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The Supreme Court has adjourned to July 5 to give orders and directions after the Electoral Commission told the court the full list of NHIS registrants has been submitted to the court per the orders given.

The Electoral Commission also confirmed the steps and modalities to delete the unwanted names from the register have also been complied with.

Lead counsel for the plaintiffs Frank Davies told the court he will want to know if the list is the true representation of the persons who registered with the NHIS cards.

The Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Wood reminded him that the counsel for the EC has confirmed what was presented to the court was the full list.

He therefore called for an adjournment to enable him peruse the document because they were only given copies of the list around 11:30 Thursday morning, TV3’s Godfred Tanam who was in court reported.

But the court gave them one hour to study the document after which they will come back and argue their case out.

However, when they returned, counsel for the plaintiffs told the court some discrepancies were detected in the list provided.

According to Frank Davies, some of the names on the list did not have NHIS numbers attached to them, suspecting that some of the names were conjured.

The Supreme Court therefore advised them to file a fresh motion spelling out all the challenges they identified for the court to decide on.

The court therefore gave them up to July 4 to file the motion to enable the Supreme Court sit on it on July 5.

Abu Ramadan of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and Evans Nimako of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) returned to court last week seeking clarification of the court’s ruling on May 5.  The Supreme Court subsequently gave a six-day ultimatum to the Electoral Commission to submit to the court the full list of persons who used National Health Insurance card to register to vote in Ghana’s elections.

The EC submitted the list Wednesday July 29 but when the court sat on Thursday, the counsel for the plaintiffs raised issues with the list and sitting was therefore adjourned to July 5.

By Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana

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