NPP chairmen sue EC over NHIS cards

NPP chairmen sue EC over NHIS cards

Three Regional Chairmen of the New Patriotic Party have sued the Electoral Commission, demanding the release of the total number of people who registered with National Health Insurance (NHIS) cards.

Lawyer for the plaintiffs, Nana Obiri Buahene said the three chairmen are from the Upper East, Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions.

The suit comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling ordering the EC to delete the voters’ register of the names of minors, dead people and people who registered with NHIS cards.

In its judgement, the Supreme Court held that the NHIS card does not show prove of nationality.

Buahene told Accra based Citi FM that the suit “is a very harmless request, but if the EC will not comply then we will know the next line of action to take.”

“We asking the EC to just get us the list of people who used NHIS cards to register in 2012, 2015, constituency by constituency.” Buahene said. “They must produce the list. We are not joking, we are serious, we mean business. They cannot take Ghanaians for a ride.”

In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled that the use of NHIS cards violated the constitution of Ghana since it does not show prove of nationality.

Abu Ramadan and Evans Nimako in 2015 again sued for the EC, asking the court to declare the electoral roll unconstitutional and not fit for purpose.

However, the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision asked the EC to clean the register instead, and give the affected people the opportunity to re-register.

 

 

By: Abu Mabarik/ghanadecides.com/Ghana

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