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27 July 2016

Only 14K deleted ‘NHIS voters’ re-registered – EC

EC RegisterOut of the 56,772 persons who registered as voters using the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards, it is only 14,801 who have been re-registered so far, with just two days to the end of the exercise, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission (EC), Eric Kofi Dzakpasu, has said.

According to him, the election management body is worried that several of the voters will be disenfranchised in this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Speaking on Tuesday July 26, Mr Dzkpasu said: “As at the close of work yesterday [Monday], out of the 56,772 deleted, 14,801 have re-registered. Those who are not coming, we will be expecting them to come in their numbers so that we can get them re-registered [in order] that they can vote but they are not coming as we expected them to come”.

“The least we can do under this circumstance is to reach out to them, intensify the publicity, help them to know that the exercise is ongoing so they should come back and re-register.”

“Our publicity vans are all over, the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) is on the ground, we have involved the churches and the community leaders and traditional rulers and in some areas, they have deployed gong-gong beaters to announce to the community so that they come out and take part in the re-registration as well as the exhibition exercise,” Mr Dzakpasu told Accra-based Citi FM.

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