Peter Boamah Otokunor
The ongoing Ghana Card registration exercise being undertaken by the National Identification Authority (NIA) will end up destabilising Ghana because it will not capture most Ghanaians, Mr Peter Boamah Otokunor, a Deputy General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said.
He said at a press conference at the NDC’s headquarters in Accra on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 that the party is opposed to the exercise due to the exclusion of the use of the voter ID card as one of the primary documents for identification.
He explained that most Ghanaians do not have access to the documents being demanded – passport, birth certificate, drivers’ licence – as pre-requisites for the registration, hence, a lot of people will end up not getting registered.
Mr Otokunor said: “The exercise will not promote the stability of the state as it will only seek to make some Ghanaians become more Ghanaian than others, which will be in direct contravention of the 1992 Constitution.
“We have particularly raised strong concerns about the exclusion of the voter ID card as a primary identification material for the registration.
“This, we believe will invariably disable and deny millions of Ghanaians the opportunity to register and acquire a Ghana card.
“The NDC remains completely opposed to this obnoxious tactic of non-inclusion of the voter ID card as a primary identification document for the registration”, Mr Otokunor stressed.