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We didn’t need Abu Ramadan & Garry before deleting NHIS names – EC

EC PRO DzakpasuThe Electoral Commission has justified why it went ahead to implement the Supreme Court’s order to delete NHIS names from the voters register without consulting Abu Ramadan & Garry Nimako, the two who dragged the EC to court.

Both men have expressed their displeasure with the Electoral Commission (EC) for not involving them in the deletion process although they took the commission to court to secure the directive.

Speaking in an interview with Citi Fm, the head of communications at the Electoral Commission, Eric Dzakpasu said “too bad if they’re not happy about it. We had an order from the Supreme Court to delete names so we having identified the names, we submitted it to the court and the court said we should go and delete them.

“We got the stakeholders (political parties) involved alright and we had to go ahead to obey the order by deleting the names.”

The Commission deleted over 56,000 names of persons who registered with the National Health Insurance cards (NHIS) from the national voters register.

The names have been published on the commission’s website and the Daily Graphic newspaper. The affected persons have however been given the opportunity to re-register with the appropriate identity documents e.g. Passport, Drivers License or two persons who have registered to stand as witnesses.

Pro opposition group, Let My Vote Count Alliance raised red-flags with the commissions over 56,000 names calling it ‘fake’ adding that they also have their own list.

EC’s exhibition starts July 18

The Electoral Commission would start the national exhibition exercise from Monday July 18, 2016 and this is expected to last for 21 days and end on August 7, 2016.

The names of persons who registered with the NHIS cards but not captured and deleted, would be marked out during the exhibition exercise and subsequently deleted. They however have the chance to register again.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana
Twitter: @3newsgh

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