Ghana Card: Use voter IDs – Kufuor backs Mahama, NDC

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has backed calls for the acceptance of the Voter ID card in the registration for the National Identification Card popularly known as Ghana Card.

The former president believes the addition of the voter ID to the other documents for the registration process would make it much easier for Ghanaians to go through the process without hitches.

“Documents that will help identify a person as a citizen will be sovereign authority in him or her so if your voter ID is not incorporated then it is problematic,” Mr Kufuor told journalists at his residence on Tuesday after officials of NIA went there to register him.

He added: “It’s been a rigorous exercise almost for the past two hours, which means it could take a lot of time especially when you are going to do it for over 30 million people”.

Apart from Mr Kufuor, former President Jerry John Rawlings, founder of the main opposition party, has also registered for the card despite his party’s boycott of the process over the NIA’s refusal to include voter IDs as base documents.

On Tuesday, the Minority in Parliament described as “needless, unfortunate and misplaced”, “attacks” hurled at the caucus by President Nana Akufo-Addo in connection with their boycott of the Ghana Card registration process and for demanding that voter IDs be added to the base documents required for the registration.

Last week, the president said claims by former President John Mahama and the Minority in parliament that are using only birth certificates and passports as base documents for the registration will de-nationalize over 20 million Ghanaians, is unfortunate.

During his last Unity Walk in the Volta Region early June, Mr Mahama said there were attempts by the Akufo-Addo government to disenfranchise and de-nationalize millions of Ghanaians using “illogical” criteria for the registration and acquisition of the Ghana Card.

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