The Supreme Court has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to clean the voters register in a case brought to it by the former People’s National Convention Youth Organiser, Abu Ramadan.
Ramadan prayed the court to declare the current voters' register as null and void and not fit for purpose.
However, the court presided over by Chief Justice Georgina Wood ruled today that the EC should delete the names of all dead people and persons who used the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards to register to vote.
The court also ordered for the deletion of names of minors on the register.
The court however shied away from declaring the register as null and void because it could not tell the actual number of deceased persons on the register, and those who registered with NHIS cards.
The court had ruled last year that the NHIS Card does not qualify anyone to be registered as a voter.
The court however asked the EC to give those who registered with the NHIS cards another chance to register with alternative valid ID cards.
Ramadan welcomed the ruling saying, “it is exactly what we have been asking for.”
According to him, the only way the register can be cleaned is through “validation”, arguing that it is practically impossible for the EC to line up all those who register with the NHIS cards.
Lawyer of Ramadan, Nana Asante Badiatuo, said they will sit with the EC to outline ways to implement the court orders.