Deleted NHIS registrants to re-register from July 18

The Electoral Commission (EC) says the over 56,000 National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registrants whose names were expunged from the voters’ register will have the opportunity to get back onto the electoral roll from Monday July 18. According to the EC, the deletion and re-registration of such persons is in line with the directive of the Supreme Court, asking the Commission to clean the register without disenfranchising eligible voters. Addressing a news conference in Accra on Wednesday, EC’s Director of Electoral Services, Samuel Tetteh indicated that the re-registration process will last for 10 days. Mr. Tetteh said the Commission was hopeful that individuals who were removed from the register will make the effort to re-register. He explained that the re-registration exercise will be held at the District Offices of the EC in areas where the voters previously registered. In a related development, the EC is expected to exhibit the provisional voters register on the same day, July 18 at all polling stations. “There are 29,000 polling stations which will be known as exhibition centers for the exercise,” Mr. Tetteh stated. Meanwhile, some stakeholders have cast doubts about the readiness of the EC to hold this year’s election on November 7as anticipated. Chairman of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament, believes the EC has not taken the necessary steps including producing a credible register in time to ensure that the elections are held on the proposed date. Submit new timetable to Parliament Speaking on Eyewitness News, O.B Amoah who is also the Member of Parliament for Akuapem South in the Eastern Region entreated the EC to submit a new timetable to Parliament for the conduct of the November 7 elections. This, he believes will give some assurance to the Legislature that the EC is ready to conduct the elections on November 7 instead of December 7. “If you want to hold your election on November 7, give us up to date calendar for us to know that even if the date has shifted we can still meet the deadline.” – See more at: http://election.citifmonline.com/2016/07/deleted-nhis-registrants-to-re-register-from-july-18/#sthash.z4BIFR0J.BilwxEq4.dpuf

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