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Politics of Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

Abu Ramadan wins: EC to proceed without NHIS cards

The Electoral Commission (EC) can now go ahead with the voter registration exercise, which was suspended by a Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Commission can proceed with the registration exercise, but it (EC) cannot accept the National Health Insurance (NHIS) card as a proof of qualification to register.

This was after the court granted the reliefs sought by the National Youth Organiser of the Peoples National Convention, Abu Ramadan.

Mr. Ramadan and Evans Nimako sued the EC over the use of the National Health Insurance (NHIS) card as a proof of qualification to register.

They were seeking true and proper interpretation of Article 42 of the Constitution in relation to the use of the National Health Insurance (NHIS) card as a proof of qualification to register as a voter pursuant to Public Elections.

They secured an injunction against the exercise, which was scheduled for July 25, 2014.

It is unclear when the EC will start the exercise, which is expected to register persons who have now turned 18 years and persons who could not register during the previous registration exercise.

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