‘We complied with Court’ – EC calls Abu Ramadan’s bluff

The Electoral Commission (EC) says the list of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registrants in the voter’s register that was submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday is accurate, daring anyone to prove otherwise.
Communications Director of the EC, Eric Dzakpasu, says allegations that the list presented to the Court is fictitious cannot be substantiated.
“The Court said we should submit a full list of all persons who registered in 2012 with the NHIS Card and that is exactly what we sent. We complied with the orders of the Court,” Eric Dzakpasu told current affairs programme, Top Story on Joy FM, Thursday.
The Commission on Thursday presented 56,739 names for deletion from the voters’ register after the Court ruled that the NHIS card which they used as proof of citizenship was unconstitutional.
However, lawyers for Abu Ramadan who brought the case condemned the EC for submitting a list they describe as fictitious and conjured.
They made the accusations after going through the list submitted for one hour.
One of the lawyers for the plaintiff, Mr Frank Davies, observed after going through the list that, there are no NHIS numbers from 18-55 names of the voters list presented for Afigya Kwabre constituency.
Also in Asokwa in the Asante Akim Central constituency in the Ashanti Region, Mr Davies said he found it strange that only one person is supposed to have registered using the NHIS card. He claimed that they know persons who registered with the NHIS card in Asokwa.
“If you say a majority, if you say millions and you come to court and you give us less than a 100,000, you have not done justice to the [issue],” Abu Ramadan told Joy News on Thursday.
Speaking on Top Story the EC Communications Director said the list presented is accurate, daring the plaintiff to prove its claim that the Commission’s list is conjured.
He said he was hopeful that a 21-day exhibition of the voter’s register from July 18, 2016, will not be affected by the suit against the NHIS registrants.
The Supreme Court has adjourned the case to Tuesday July 5, 2016 for ruling and direction.

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