Journalist to sue EC for wrongful deletion of name

silverfm_morningshowThe morning show host of a Kumasi based radio station, Silver Fm, has threatened to sue the Electoral Commission for wrongfully deleting his name from the voter roll.

Oheneba Nana Asiedu, host of Omanbapa, a political show in a chat with the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper said he was shocked last Tuesday morning to find his name as one who registered with the National Health Insurance card.

This, he narrated happened after he visited the Abuakwa RC Primary School, a center at which he previously registered in the Atwima-Nwabiagya Constituency to check his name at the ongoing voter exhibition exercise by the EC.

Amazingly, 186 others had also suffered similar fate including a well-known assemblyman, Michael Awuku Amoah and the Queen-mother of Abuakwa and her mother.

But,  dumbfounded Asiedu recalled how he had since the year 2,000 voted in both the parliamentary and presidential polls in the country using his now ”fake ID” card.

Mr Asiedu told the paper that his voter ID card predates the introduction and provision of the National Health Insurance Scheme and its card which he buttressed was initiated by President Kufuor.

He posited the NHIS cards were in the Ghanaian system after the year 2000 since Former President Kufuor who mooted and implemented the scheme only did so after he won the presidential election in 2001.

He, therefore, wondered how the EC could possibly seek to delete his name out of the voter roll as someone who registered with an NHIS card.

Sounding emphatic, Mr Asiedu hinted that he plans taking to the law courts to clear his name and ensure the EC by themselves re-enter his name onto the voter register.

According to him, the courts could easily trace the history to the EC if they are feigning ignorance or forgetful since the issue seems so clear even without legal capacity.

Meanwhile, the show host has given the EC a seven day ultimatum to repair the damage done to his image by the deletion.
He, has, consequently sent a petition to the Ashanti Regional Office of the EC to protest his deletion.

He has threatened to battle the unlawful claim by the EC in court until he is purged from the tag he is an NHIS registrant.
Mr Asiedu said his legal team were ready to file the suit.

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