Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh-Dompreh has said that the National Identification Authority (NIA) will certainly issue the Ghana Cards to the rest of the people who are yet to receive their own.
He said the necessary funding has been released to the NIA to that effect.
In a tweet, the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Member of Parliament said the use of the Ghana Card for voter registration will sanitize the electoral roll.
“The usage of the Ghana card will certainly help to ‘sanitise’ our register. The necessary funding has been released to the NIA. It is estimated that 19 million Ghanaians would be on the register. Thus far, the NIA had captured 17 million and ready to sort the rest sooner,” he said.
He added “The NIA the NPP inherited couldn’t even produce 100,000 cards has moved on to produce 17 million cards, albeit the challenge of some cards yet to be released to applicants.. There is no shame in this. Certainly, the job would be completed as planned.”
Regarding the use of the Ghana Card as the sole identification document for voter registration, the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensa has told Parliament that it will ensure a credible voter roll.
She said it would also prevent minors and foreigners from getting onto the electoral register to vote.
Briefing Parliament on the Constitutional Instrument (CI) that is seeking to make the Ghana Card the only document for voter registration, on Tuesday, February 28 Madam Jean Mensa said “The use of only Ghana Card will ensure and guarantee the credibility of the register and elections, prevent enrolment of minors, prevent foreigners from voting, eliminate the guarantor system which is prone to abuse.”
“The Ghana Card will not be used for voting in 2024, it will be used to register,” she said.
Regarding a revelation by Tamale South Member of Parliament Haruna Iddrisu that there were about 3.5million people without Ghana Crad, she said the National Identification Authority (NIA) has told the commission that ” there are 3.5 blank cards in the warehouse, money have been released and funds are being released.”
The Minority in Parliament have been raising issues against the proposed CI.
The Member of Parliament or Tamale South Haruna Iddrisu said that the Minority were opposed to any move by the EC to use the Ghana Card as the sole identification document for voter registration because in his view, any such move by the EC would hurt the right to vote and be voted for.
Speaking on the Big Issue via telephone on TV3 Monday, February 27, the former Minority Leader indicated that there are 3.5million people who are without Ghana Card.
He questioned whether the EC is going to deny all these 3.5 million people from exercising their right to vote because they do not have a Ghana Card.
“There is the right to vote and be voted for, the NDC will defend that right,” he said.
“We are contesting the use of Ghana Crad as the sole reference for purposes of getting registered as a voter,” he said.
He stressed “the right to vote and be voted for is sacred. 3.5 million people don’t have the card, can you tell these 3.5 million persons not to vote?”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana