Supreme Court orders EC to produce NHIS list to court

Supreme Court orders EC to produce NHIS list to court


The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to produce a list of the names of all those on the electoral roll who registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card.


The apex court of the land gave the EC six days to produce the list, after Abu Ramada filed a motion seeking clarification on an earlier ruling by the court on May 5, 2016.


The court, seemingly unhappy with the EC’s posture, said it will not allow it to drive the nation into chaos.

Two judges — Justice Jone Dotse and Justice Akamba – were not available for today’s sitting.


Justice Dotse recused him after publicly interpreting the earlier ruling of the court.


In May, Justice Dotse in a press interaction said “we [Supreme Court] said the use of the NHIS cards is therefore unconstitutional and it should take the opportunity to clean the register of those undesirable persons.”


He was skewered by lawyers, and politicians mainly from the ruling National Democratic Congress for breaching the code of ethic for judges and magistrates. 


Though he did not breach any code of ethics by offering a public comment on a case he sat on, judges rarely offer public comments on cases they preside over.


Justice Akamba, on the other hand, is reportedly on retirement.

By: Abu Mubarik/

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