The National Identification Authority (NIA) has refuted claims that the ongoing mass registration exercise for the Ghana Card is meant for the 2020 general elections.
The Chief Executive Officer of the authority, Prof Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah said: “Wherever that presumption comes from, it’s hard to tell. I’m reiterating that the NIA has never said the Ghana Card shall be used or would be used for elections 2020”.
Speaking to the media in Tamale on Thursday, 3 October 2019, Prof Attafuah explained that the NIA law stipulates that wherever the identification of a person must be established, the Ghana Card shall be required.
According to him, the card is a mandatory requirement for the acquisition of a driver’s licence, passport and registration for the voter ID card.
“That tells me that the Ghana card is not the voter card but it’s a condition for registering it. I haven’t heard the government or the Electoral Commission indicate so and I think it won’t lie in the mouth of the government in the first place because it is the EC that determines these matters in accordance with our Constitution,” he noted.
“So, I don’t know but politicians can know things, see things and perceive things that an ordinary mortal like me may not have the capacity to see, know or perceive”, Prof Attafuah stressed.
The NIA boss emphasised that the Ghana Card is supposed to promote social, political and economic purposes according to the laws of the authority.
He noted: “So, if we get to the destination where we determine that this is the time in our development where the Ghana Card should be used to achieve or promote a political purpose such as using it for voting, I think it would be a wonderful thing.”
He disclosed that so far, 2.9 million Ghanaians have been registered in the Greater Accra, Volta and Oti regions, adding that the exercise requires the collaboration and cooperation of all stakeholders.
The NIA’s registration of Ghanaians in the Northern, Savanna and North East regions begins on Friday, 4 October 2019.
About 3,000 officers have been recruited and trained to undertake the exercise across 750 registration centres.