We’ll Deal With ‘Problematic’ Register After Polls – Ramadan

A former People’s National Convention (PNC) has taken some solace from the Electoral Commission’s admission there may be still be some NHIS registrants on the electoral roll despite the Supreme Court describing such registrants as illegal.

In an interview with Citi News, Abu Ramadan however said he will be “letting sleeping dogs lie” till the 2016 general election is over.

“I think we should let sleeping dogs lie and let’s finish the election and see what sort of reform proposals the Commission will bring after the general elections.”

“We would see whether there would be a proper remedy to cure the mischief in the register before the 2020 general election. We will look at that when we have four more years.”

Abu Ramadan and one Evans Nimako, secured a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court leading it to order the EC to delete what turned out to be 56,000 NHIS registrants from the voter’s register. He subsequently filed an application in opposition to the 56,000 names presented by the EC describing the list as spurious.

But despite skepticism from him and some sections of the public, the EC went ahead to delete the number presented to the court. EC Boss vindicated our claims But the EC Chair, Charlotte Osei, has now come out to say that names of some NHIS registrants might still be on the register.

According to her, the human element involved in the collation and deletion of NHIS registrants allowed for some margin of error and “that is why the Supreme Court said that delete all those you have submitted including those you will find.”

“We seem to be vindicated at every turn since this matter started… We raised the issue of the Commission’s own conviction to see this process done properly and she [Charlotte Osei] has come out again,” Abu Ramadan stated in response to her admission. 

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