The Electoral Commission (EC) has revealed that over 1 million registered voters have so far been verified since it started it opened the voters’ register for exhibition three days ago.
The exercise is to offer all Ghanaian registered voters the opportunity to check if their names are in the register.
This exercise, in particular, will offer persons who suspect their names may have been deleted from the electoral roll because they registered with the National Health Insurance scheme cards to check and plan for re-registration.
The Commission in a statement further stated that the exercise has so far progressed smoothly.
“Reports from all 29,000 centers across the country show apart from the lower than expected response, the exercise is progressing smoothly.”
“The Commission has deployed the adequate personnel and equipment to ensure that all registered voters spend as little time as possible at the various centers to check their details and get their fingerprints verified.”
The Supreme Court on July 5, 2016, ordered the Commission to delete names of NHIS registrants, following a ruling in 2014, where the use of the NHIS card was declared illegal for the purposes of registering as a Ghanaian voter.
The court’s order followed a suit filed by former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan, and one Evans Nimako.
EC to submit list of deleted NHIS registrants to parties.
In a related development, the Commission has said it will soon furnish various political parties with the full list of persons whose names have been deleted from the voters’ register.
The EC’s move comes days after the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) alleged that the Commission deliberately removed the names of some of its members from the electoral roll.
The party alleged that a lot of its members have complained about the removal of their names from the roll, although they did not register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card.