EC Shows Mercy On NHIS Registrants

The Electoral Commission has yielded to incessant calls to give another chance to persons whose names were captured as National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card registrants in the electoral roll but failed to participate in the re-registration exercise which ended last week.

The EC, through its director of Communications, Eric Dzakpasu, had signaled that there was not going to be an extension of the 10-day exercise because the outfit believed its message to have the affected persons back on the voters’ register was well disseminated across the country.

But following an Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting Wednesday, the EC has announced that it is opening another window – August 5-12, 2016, for the NHIS carders to get their names onto the voters register to gain eligibility to participate in the December 7 polls.

Only 24,287 (42.78 per cent) out of the 56,772 National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards holders, whose names were deleted from the voter register took part in the intial 10-day re-registration exercise.

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