Abdul Malik Kweku Baako says the Minority in Parliament exposed their incompetence when they allowed the passage of the LI that regulates the National Identification Authority’s exercise without questioning the process.
The veteran journalist speaking on Metro TV said the minority’s opposition to the use of only passports and birth certificates to establish citizenship is in bad faith.
“First of all, it is imperative to let the public know that this LI was passed by consensus. Both on the floor and committee sittings, the NDC failed to raise the concerns they are now espousing.
“Even though the bill came through a certificate of urgency, the minority failed to do a diligent job. In fact, they slept on the job and opted to agree with the majority.
“By doing that they exposed their incompetence and weakness. They should be serious with Ghanaians,” Kweku Baako argued.
While commending the minority for beating a retreat to call for some amendments, he insisted that the minority waved their rights to criticize the LI, since they unanimously backed its passage.
“Committees are made up of experts in various fields and are placed in those committees because of their expertise. So, when a bill goes to a committee, they don’t joke.
“In this instance, it was Inusah Fuseini, a knowledgeable lawyer for that matter who seconded the motion that was moved by Dr Anthony Akoto Osei,” the editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper said.
Minority MPs have boycotted the Ghana Card registration process over the contentions with the proof of citizenship accepted for the registration.
The Minority has said over 20 million Ghanaians will be disenfranchised because of the limitations on the proof of citizenship.
It wants the Voters’ ID card also to be accepted as proof of citizenship.
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