The Electoral Commission (EC) is not mounting desks in three districts of the Central Region for the nationwide re-registration of persons who were registered as voters using National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards in 2012.
This is because the districts; Twifo Atti-Morkwa, Asikuma -Odoben-Brakwa and Abura-Asebu-kwamankese were not affected by the deletion of NHIS registrants from the national electoral roll recently.
In 2012, the Twifo Atti-Morkwa had 50,293 voters; Asikuma -Odoben-Brakwa had 59,292 while Abura-Asebu-kwamankese had 59,615 voters.
Mrs. Philomena Edusei, the Regional Director of the EC who made this known in an interview with The Ghanaian Times on Monday, gave an indication that no voter in such districts registered with the NHIS cards four years ago.
It is recalled that the Supreme Court, in its ruling on July 5, 2016, directed the EC to delete the names of all NHIS registrants and to provide such persons the opportunity to re-register after the commission was sued over the use of the NHIS card for voter registration.
Accordingly, the EC last week announced that it had deleted the names of 56,722 persons who registered with NHIS cards from the electoral roll and gave them the opportunity to register from Monday, July 18 to July 28, 2016.
Giving statistics on the deletion of NHIS registrants in the region, Mrs. Edusei said 14,789 names were deleted out of a total of 1,231,513 registered voters in the region.
The Efutu Municipality recording the highest of 5,267 deletions out of 4,7048 voters while Hemang Lower Denkyira District recorded the lowest deletion of seven out of 33,312 voters.
Cape Coast Metropolis, the regional capital recorded 1,046 deletions out of 105,065 with Komenda-Edina-Eguafo- Abrem Municipality recording 697 deletions out of 77,263 voters.
When The Ghanaian Times visited Cape Coast Metropolitan Office of the EC on Monday, the first day of the re-registration exercise, only five persons had been to the office to attempt re-registration as of 11:30am.
The EC officer, Mr. Richard Asenso said the five persons did not possess the required identification for the registration and were asked to go back for them or return with two guarantors who were registered voters.
He attributed the low turn out to the fact that it was the first day and urged affected registrants not to panic but visit their various district offices with the requisite identification cards for re-registration.
The EC is also embarking on a nationwide voter register exhibition exercise from Monday, July 18 to Sunday, August 7 to enable registered voters to verify their information and to make corrections where necessary.
Out of 2,480 exhibition centres in the region, 183 are in Cape Coast, some of which The Ghanaian Times visited and observed low turnout.
The Castle ‘A’ exhibition centre had recorded only 25 out of 861 registered voters checking their name as of noon while 21 out of 621 registered voters had been recorded at the Castle B exhibition centre.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast