Ghana’s electoral commission will reopen the nation’s voter registration list Friday so that tens of thousands of people whose names were deleted because of a problem with their identification documents can re-register in time to take part in December’s general election. The country’s Supreme Court had ordered the electoral commission to delete from the registry anyone who applied to vote using a National Health Insurance Scheme card. The court said the health card was not a valid proof of identity for voting purposes. So the electoral commission, which compiles the voter list, said anyone previously struck from the registry would have a week to re-register, beginning Friday. A separate period later this month has been set aside for registering those who have never voted before.
A commission spokesman, Eric Dzakpasu, told VOA that about 32,300 potential voters needed to re-register. He said the commission had met with the Interparty Advisory Committee to discuss registering the disqualified voters.
Anyone who has not registered to vote since 2014 will be able to register on August 19 or August 26, Dzakpasu said. After that, “we will compile a provisional register,” to be made public in September, listing both new registrants and those who had used NHIS cards to prove their identity.
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