The Ghana Electoral Commission has issued a statement saying that those who find that their names are missing from the voter register are persons who used their National Health Insurance Cards as proof of identification.
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Speaking to the press on election day, Wednesday, December 7th, Director of Electoral services, Samuel Tettey, stated that the Electoral Commission could not be blamed for this discrepancy since adequate time and opportunity was provided for these persons to have their names reinstated into the register.
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“We have received reports of some voters whose names are not in the register and they claim that they were deleted as part of the NHIS registrants. We all remember the Supreme Court’s order that all names registered using the NHIS cards should be deleted so all affected person were given two opportunities to register.”
“Some registered during the continuous voter registration exercise and they could have also taken the advantage of the exhibition period to get their names included on the voters register. So those people were given very good opportunities to have their names back on the register, unfortunately they did not do that and the basic principle is that once your name is not on the register you cannot exercise your franchise,” said the EC official.