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The EC cooked and conjured the 56,000 NHIS names - LMVCA

By Michael Eli Dokosi
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Pro opposition group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) is not buying the claim by the EC that it has deleted 56,000 Ghanaian registrants who used the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards as proof of citizenship to register ahead of the 2012 elections.

According to LMVCA Convener, David Asante, the Electoral Commission (EC) magically produced those names adding “for us in Let My Vote Count Alliance we still hold it and the position is that the Electoral Commission could not have produced a list or they will produce a document and present it to the court and the plaintiffs.“As it stands now, the Electoral Commission has managed to take 56,000 names and false corresponding National Health Insurance card numbers and put it in front of those names” he alleged.

He further submitted to Citi News “the Electoral Commission has constantly maintained a deceptive posture. The 56,000 names were cooked by the Electoral Commission. They never existed on the electoral register. No wonder some of them are car numbers, telephone numbers and even house numbers. That is how bad the situation is.”

The Commission, on Thursday published the list of deleted names as ordered by the Apex Court but the group believes the Commission has submitted a wrong list.

The commission on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 announced that it had already deleted the names in compliance with the court’s order and will give the affected persons the opportunity to re-register on Monday July 18, 2016 if they are able to prove their Ghanaian citizenship.

As directed by the Supreme Court, Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Samuel Tettey says the re-registration exercise will last for ten days with the exhibition exercise beginning on July 18.

He explained “the date for the exhibition is slated for Monday 18 of July 2016, to 2nd August. This year’s exhibition exercise is a bit different from the previous ones for some reason. In other words, this particular exhibition exercise is characterized by three main innovations. First of all, the Commission has decided to extend the 10 to 14 days that we normally use for the exhibition exercise to 21 days.”