Include Voters ID Card as Pass for Ghana Card – NDC
The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the NDC,has urged the National Identification Authority (NIA) to include voters ID cards to the list of required documents for the registration for the Ghana card.
According to the NIA, per the ACT 950 (2017), the use of only Passports and Birth Certificates will be the base documents for the creation of the Ghana Card.
But the NDC in a statement issued by general secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said they granted audience to the NIA led by the Executive Secretary Professor Ken Attafuah, in relation to the matter, indicating that implementation of the Act will deny majority of Ghanaians the opportunity to acquire the Ghana card.
“The FEC of the NDC has made it abundantly clear that the implementation of the provisions of the Act will deny the vast majority of the population the opportunity to acquire the Card”.
The NDC also expressed its deep concerns about the limitation as “it will impose on ordinary Ghanaians who through no fault of theirs do not own neither Passports nor Birth Certificates as well as the fact that this current dispensation will undermine the legitimacy of the Voters ID Card as declared by the Supreme Court in its ruling vis-a-vis the Abu Ramadan case in 2016”.
“The NDC is of the considered view that this new exercise will not promote the stability of the State as it will only seek to make some Ghanaians become more Ghanaian than others in direct contravention of the 1992 Constitution”.
While reiterating its support for the provision of Identity Cards for Ghanaians, “NDC expressed concerns at certain provisions of the Act which will prevent fellow citizens from the process of registration.
“FEC takes note of the fact certain provisions of the Act which was passed under a Certificate of Urgency will impose limitations on ordinary Ghanaians who do not possess passports nor Birth Certificates. The FEC considers as cumbersome the process of verification for Ghanaians without the two IDs.
“The FEC reiterates its demand to the NIA and we wish by this Release to call for a review of the Amendment to Act 750 (2008), and ensure that the Voters ID Card is added to the set of Identity Documents required for registration even as the NIA is working to resolve its technical issues which prevented the commencement of the Exorcise yesterday”.
The NDC also said it is ” also alarmed at the cost of $1.2 Billion that this project will cost the people of Ghana as it is not in consonance with President Akufo-Addo’s often touted mantra of “Protecting The Public Purse” and we are calling on all well-meaning Ghanaians to demand answers relating to issues bordering on value for money”.