EC ordered by Supreme Court to clean tainted voters’ register

The Supreme Court has called for immediate cleaning of the voters’ register to make it fit for elections in the country.

In its ruling on a case brought before it by Abu Ramadan of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and Evans Nimako of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the highest court of the land stated that inasmuch as there are names of dead persons, minors and those who registered with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards on the register, it is not credible.

It therefore urged the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) to expunge those names from the register.

The Court, however, asked for an opportunity for those who registered with the NHIS cards to be re-registered with other identifications.

The Court also called on the EC to solicit views from a wider audience in carrying out the cleaning exercise.

The suit brought before the Court by Mr Ramadan and Mr Nimako sought among other reliefs “a declaration that the 2012 Voters Register which contains the names of persons who have not established qualification to be registered is inconsistent with Article 42 and 45 (a) and therefore unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect”.

Speaking to journalists after Thursday’s ruling, Mr Ramadan said they will persuade the EC to implement the ruling to the letter even if it gets to the eve of this year’s elections.


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