Man Attempts To Register With NHIS Card

At least one person has attempted to register with the banned National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card in the ongoing national limited voter registration exercise in the Odododiodio constituency on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court has barred the Electoral Commission from using the NHIS cards as an identity for registering voters.

Kenneth Kotey, Registration Officer at James Town Registration Centre told the Ghana News Agency on Thursday that Space Clotey who was suspected to be far more than 18 years presented on his NHIS card for registration.

Mr Clotey, who “appeared at the centre, failed to join the queue or follow the registration process, but picked a form and began inscribing his biometric and demographic data,” Mr Kotey said.

Mr. Clotey alleged that he did not know about the Supreme Court decision because he had travelled outside the country, but could not produce travelling documents to support his claim, according to the Registration Officer.

Mr. Kotey said when the man was told he could not register, he created a scene and vowed to return within 48 hours with a mob, he said.

He said about 122 people have registered since the beginning of the exercise, with Thursday recording about 20 people.

The limited voter registration exercise gives opportunity to those who were unable to register prior to the 2012 elections as well as those who have turned 18 after the 2012 general elections.

The exercise, taking place in about 6,000 registration centres across the country, is expected to close on Wednesday, August 13.

The Supreme Court has upheld an application brought by the People’s National Convention Youth Organiser, Abu Ramadan, challenging the constitutionality of Regulation 1(3)D of C.I 72 which allows the Electoral Commission to use NHIS cards for the voters’ registration exercise.

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