NHIS registrants may still be on electoral roll – EC Chair admits

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Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, says it is likely Ghanaians who registered to vote with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) are still on the electoral roll.

She said although the EC has successfully carried out a Supreme Court order to expunge over 56,000 names of NHIS card registrants  from the electoral roll, the process may not have effectively ensured the deletion of all the registrants.

“It’s possible [there are still NHIS card registrants on the voter’s register] because of the human part. It was a manual process. That is why the Supreme Court said that delete all those you have submitted including those you will find,” she said on Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV, Thursday.

The Supreme Court on July 5 ordered the EC to delete such persons on the register and re-register them if they are able to proof their citizenship.

The order was made in a case in which former National Youth Organiser of the People’s National Convention, Abu Ramadan and one Evans Nimako challenged the credibility of the electoral roll for the 2016 general elections.

Speaking on Good Evening Ghana, Mrs Osei explained that because the information was not on their central database they had to contact their over 200 district offices to provide them with the list.

Following the deletion, however, the commission opened a ten day window for such persons to be re-registered after which the exercise was extended following several appeals from the opposition New Patriotic Party.

Meanwhile, the exercise is expected to end by close of Friday, August 12, 2016.

Mrs Osei said, just like many Ghanaians, she was surprised that only 56,973 NHIS registrants were on the electoral roll – she expected the number to be huge.

“I was surprised at the figure because I was expecting more. I was expecting more because of all the rhetoric that had happened around it.”

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