NHIS voters to re-register Monday

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, EC Boss

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, EC Boss

The Electoral Commission (EC) has set aside July 18 to 22, for the re-registration of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registrants whose names were deleted from the Voters Register on Monday.

Consequently, the names of 56, 772 National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registrants would be published in the dailies tomorrow.

In addition, the EC said it has directed all its district offices to display the names of the NHIS card registrants and make arrangements to publish them in all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.

Samuel Tettey, the Director of Electoral Services at the EC, who disclosed this at a news conference in Accra yesterday said the Commission would hold an exhibition for the NHIS card registrants from August 5-7.

The deletion of the more than 56, 700 NHIS registrants from the Voters Register is in compliance with an order of the Supreme Court for the EC to do so in a bid to prepare a credible Voters Register which would be fair to all the contending political parties in this year’s general elections.

That followed a petition by the former National Youth Organiser of the People’s  National Convention (PNC), Abu Ramadan and Evans Nimako.

Mr Tettey explained that the Commission was also ready to delete the names of other persons who registered with NHIS cards but could not be captured in the list presented to the Supreme Court.

 

He, therefore, appealed to the public to volunteer information of people who registered with the NHIS card to the EC.

Mr Tettey explained that NHIS registrants whose names have been deleted from the Voters Register would have to go the district offices regarding the EC to re-register for new Voter Identity Cards.

He said such applicants would go through the normal process of registration and would be required to present a Driver’s Licence, Passport and Birth Certificate or their existing Voter ID Card to prove their identity.

Affected persons will only be registered on providing proof of citizenship, age and that that they are of sound mind in accordance with the requirements of the law,” Mr Tettey  said.

He said at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee on Tuesday, the EC informed the political parties that it had deleted the names of all persons who registered with the NHIS card, adding that the Commission would soon present the list of the affected persons to the political parties.

Meanwhile, the exhibition of the Voters Register for this year’s general election has been slated for July 18 to August 7, 2016.

This year’s exhibition, according to the Electoral Commission  will last for 21 days instead of the  usual 14 days for  the previous years and  the decision to extend the duration for the exhibition exercise was to give ample time for people to check their names on the register.

He said the exhibition would be done in 29,000 polling centres and would involve 58,000 Electoral Officials appointed by the EC, adding that Biometric Verification Device would be deployed to all the centres to verify people who came to check their names on the Voters Register.

Mr Tettey explained that the 2012 Voters Register would be exhibited alongside the register for the Limited Registration Exercise.

He said the exhibition would provide opportunity for voters to check their names on the register, verify their details and correct any errors and omissions.

“The exhibition will also provide opportunity to individuals to challenge unqualified persons (minors, foreigners, persons of unsound mind and persons who registered with NHIS cards in 2012 but whose details may not have been captured in the list presented to the Supreme Court),” he said.

Mr Tettey said any objection to ineligibility of a person’s name in the Voters Register must be backed with facts.

According to him, corrections were yet to be done on 100 registrants whose cards effected wrong dates as a result of system errors during the Limited Voter Registration Exercise in April 2016, adding that cards would be sent to the District Offices for the affected persons to collect them.

By Kingsley Asare

 

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