BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
THE FUNCTIONAL Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling on the National Identification Authority (NIA) to include voters ID cards to the list of documents required for the registration for the new Ghana card.
The NIA has indicated that per the Act 950 (2017), only passports and birth certificates would be needed for the creation of the Ghana Card.
But, the NDC, in a statement issued by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia and copied to the DAILY HERITAGE, said” the implementation of the provisions of the Act will deny the vast majority of the population the opportunity to acquire the Card.”
While expressing its concern, the NDC said it is deeply concerned 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.”
“FEC takes note of the fact that 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 Nana Addo Dankwa 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.”