EC Faces SC Judges Today

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Chief Justice Georgina Wood

The Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday filed the list of persons who used the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards as a means of identification to register their names prior to the 2012 elections.

DAILY GUIDE learnt that the documents, filed around 2pm yesterday, were reportedly sent to the Chief Justice’s office where they were adopted and sent back to the registry of the court for sorting out.

The actual number of names the EC submitted are unknown but they were in two ‘Ghana must go’ bags.

On May 5, 2016 the Supreme Court asked the Electoral Commission to remove from the current voter register names of all persons who registered with the NHIS card as a proof of citizenship and voted in the 2012 elections.

The ruling followed a suit filed by a former general secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan, and one Evans Nimako, who in 2014 won a lawsuit that barred the use of the NHIS card for registration.

The court registry also ordered the EC to serve the lawyers of the plaintiffs copies of the documents they had initially brought.

However, the plaintiffs in the case – Abu Ramadan and Evans Nimako – were yet to be notified as at press time yesterday.

It is unclear yet how many names are in the document, although it is estimated that those who registered with the NHIS card are about four million voters.

As at 3:45 pm the clerks of the Supreme Court were purportedly sorting out the list for onward dispatch to the judges on the panel.

D-Day

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Meanwhile, the EC is set to face the judges today following the stern order to the electoral body to produce the list.

Last week the SC gave the EC six days to submit, in writing to the court, the whole list of persons the commission admitted before the court that they had used NHIS cards to register as per their registration forms, which are in the exclusive custody of the EC.

According to the five-member panel of justices presided over by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, the EC should as well clearly set out in writing the steps or modalities it intends to take in order to ensure the full compliance with the court order contained in the May 5, 2016 judgement.

The justices were emphatic that the two orders were to be complied with by the EC on or before yesterday.

Besides the order, the judges vowed never to allow the EC to plunge the country into chaos as the November 7 general election reaches home stretch.

Ruling

The court had in a May 5 judgement ordered the EC to take immediate steps to delete from the voter register names of persons who used the NHIS card as a means of identification to register.

It said the EC must delete from the electoral register names of all dead people, estimated to be about 600,000, and those who registered with the NHIS card.

Furthermore, the justices asked the EC to remove from the register all minors who registered for the last elections in 2012.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

 

Source GhanaPlus.com

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