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General News of Thursday, 21 May 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Flashback: EC has a plan with the NDC - Nana Akomea

Former Director for Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea in May 2016 alleged that the Electoral Commission was scheming with the-then ruling National Democratic Congress to disenfranchise some eligible Ghanaians.

He claimed the leadership of the EC then had decided not to delete National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card registrants.

To him, the registration with NHIS card has always been the "plot" of the NDC, and the EC interpretation of the court order exposes the Commission and the ruling party.

In his submission he said; “Electoral Commission of Ghana has a plan with the NDC. If you could recall, our brethren in the NDC said their understanding is we’ve not said they should delete Health Insurance registrants from it; during the time that the Supreme Court made their ruling. So, the position of the NDC is that the Supreme Court hasn’t said we should remove Health Insurance registrants... Barely two weeks after, the Electoral Commission says per their understanding, we haven’t said they should remove the Health Insurance registrants. It means the Electoral Commission is saying exactly what the NDC is saying regarding the Health Insurance card," he told host Kwami Sefa Kayi.

Fast forward to 2020, and the NPP is on the receiving side of similar accusations.

Read the full story originally published on May 21, 2016, on Ghanaweb from peacefmonline.com

Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akomea says the Electoral Commission is scheming with the ruling National Democratic Congress, hence the Commission's decision not to delete National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card registrants.

Nana Akomea expressed worry over the EC's position on the Supreme Court ruling that the Commission should remove names of disqualified persons.

The Supreme Court ordered the Electoral Commission to delete from the register names of persons who don't have the qualification to be on the register together with minors and deceased persons.

But EC interpretation of the court order indicated that the court didn't order the removal of names of NHIS registrants from the electoral roll.

"For persons who registered with NHIA cards, such registrations were lawful at the time of registration, and the subsequent declaration of unconstitutionality in the earlier Abu Ramadan case does not automatically render them void.' Such a position according to the Supreme Court 'would have the effect of disenfranchising the persons affected. Such registrations should only be deleted by means of processes established under the law'," the statement said.

Speaking on Peace FM's kokrokoo,' the NPP Communications Director noted it appears the NDC and the EC are singing the same hymn so far as the registration of persons with NHIS card is concerned.

To him, the registration with NHIS card has always been the "plot" of the NDC, and the EC interpretation of the court order exposes the Commission and the ruling party.

“Electoral Commission of Ghana has a plan with the NDC. If you could recall, our brethren in the NDC said their understanding is we’ve not said they should delete Health Insurance registrants from it; during the time that the Supreme Court made their ruling. So, the position of the NDC is that the Supreme Court hasn’t said we should remove Health Insurance registrants... Barely two weeks after, the Electoral Commission says per their understanding, we haven’t said they should remove the Health Insurance registrants. It means the Electoral Commission is saying exactly what the NDC is saying regarding the Health Insurance card," he told host Kwami Sefa Kayi.

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