Clement Apaak, Member of Parliament for Builsa South, has described as laughable, the resistance against the use of Voter’s ID card for the registration and issuance of the National Identity Card.
He argued that, it is ironic how a president who was brought to power via the use of Voter ID card has blacklisted the same in the acquisition of the National Identity Card also known as Ghana card.
“It’s indeed condescending and hypocritical for you to discount the voters ID as a primary document for the purposes of obtaining a Ghana Card when it’s the same voters ID that was the primary document by which are President today,” a portion of his note to the president stated.
The NDC legislator stressed that none of the ruling government’s antics to bully Ghanaians into undergoing the exercise will work, as they will not rescind their decision to boycott the process until the Voter’s ID card is accepted for registration.
His remarks follow the president criticism directed at the minority over boycott of the Ghana Card on grounds that the Voter’s ID card be accepted for the registration for the card.
Speaking at Ashesi University yesterday [Saturday], the president described the action by the Minority as “Surprising’’.
“I maintain it should be the greatest honour to be able to say I am a Ghanaian and we should have no difficulty in identifying a Ghanaian, not only as a legal entity but also through his or her behaviour.
“I had hoped that the exercise to provide all citizens with a national identity card would receive the enthusiastic support of all us as the project finally gets off the ground after years of willful stagnation and neglect.
“Unfortunately, we seem to have become embroiled once again in another of those full scale manufactured storms, deliberately engineered to slow down progress in everything we try to do,” he stated.
But Dr. Apaak in a message directed at the President wrote: “Ghana Card! MR. PRESIDENT – Sir, you can say what you want, that will not change our minds!
It’s indeed condescending and hypocritical for you to discount the voters ID as a primary document for the purposes of obtaining a Ghana Card when it is the same voters ID that was the primary document by which are President today.
Why will you, Mr. President, think it’s alright to use a Ghanaian passport, when only 2 million Ghanaians have that, and Ghanaian birth certificates, when only 7 million have that, and leave out a Ghanaian voters ID, when by records 15.8 million Ghanaians have voters’ IDs.
With due respect Mr. President, we will continue our boycott, it takes nothing away from the process if the voters ID, on the basis of which you are President, is included as a primary ID for the registration for the Ghana Card!
Why should the process be confined to only those with passports and birth certificates? Are they more Ghanaian that those who do not have these documents but have voters IDs? I remain a citizen.”
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