15 July 2016

EC lied about deleting names of NHIS registrants – LMVCA

NPP holds Parliamentary Primary in Ablekuma WestPressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) has dismissed the Electoral Commission (EC)’s recent announcement that names of about 56,700 names of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card registrants have been expunged from the electoral roll.

The pro-opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) group says it has proof that the list of names the Commission has said registered with the NHIS cards are significantly lesser than what the true figures reflect.

The group would however not provide evidence of its claim against the Commission, but explains it is only committed to guarding the polls during November’s President and Parliamentary elections.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday, convener of the pressure group, David Asante, says apart from their yet-to-be presented evidence, the EC has on countless times acted in ways to show it is biased towards the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“Our view is that per [EC’s] dodged resistance to giving Ghanaians a clean and credible register, the Charlotte Osei-led Electoral Commission has done more than enough to let Ghanaians know that it cannot be trusted to deliver a free, fair and transparent election,” he said.

The EC said on Tuesday that it has deleted names of over 56,772 National Health Insurance registrants on the electoral roll.

The names of the deleted persons, EC has promised will be published in the dailies and at the various district EC offices for the affected persons to go and re-register from 18-28 July.

The deletion of the NHIS registrants is in compliance to an order by the Supreme Court following a petition by the People National Convention’s Abu Ramadan and Evans Nimako.

The petitioners argued that the credibility of the voters register remains compromised with the names of NHIS card holders on it. Not all NHIS card holders are Ghanaians but the voter’s register is exclusively reserved for citizens and there is a possibility some of the NHIS card holders on the register are non-Ghanaians.

The judges agreed with the arguments of the petitioners and ordered the EC to delete names of 56,772 NHIS card holders contained in a list provided by the EC as well as others who registered with the NHIS cards but whose names are not in the list the EC presented to the Supreme Court.

The LMVCA alliance says the moves by the EC to comply with the Court’s directive is a ruse, insisting it has proof the Commission presented fewer names to the court.

“We are hopeful that the destiny of our democracy will not be duly influenced and diverted from its course by unscrupulous people in charge of the electoral process,” David Asante said.

Meanwhile Chairperson of the Commission has cautioned against attempts by the media and political groups to discredit the election management body.

Speaking at a workshop organised by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping training Centre, Mrs Osei chided the media providing fodder for false and adverse claims to be made against the Commission and her person.

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