The National Democratic Congress, the opposition party has questioned why the National Identification Authority requires Ghanaians to present a passport or birth certificate before they are registered under the NIA policy.
In a statement issued and signed by General Secretary of the party, Aseidu Nketia, it said “limitations would be imposed on” ordinary Ghanaians, who through no fault of theirs, own neither a passport nor a birth certificate”.
According to the statement, “this current dispensation will undermine the legitimacy of the Voters ID Card as declared by the Supreme Court in its ruling vis-a-vis the Abu Ramadan case in 2016.”
They indicated that the party is of the view that the exercise will not promote the stability of the state as it will only seek to make some citizens become more Ghanaian than others in contravention of the 1992 Constitution.
The statement read, “the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the NDC, this afternoon granted audience to Ghana Card Team led by the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Professor Ken Attafuah, in relation to issues that have to do with ACT 950 (2017), which makes the use of only Passports and Birth Certificates the base documents for the creation of the intended Ghana Card.”
However, they disclosed that the “FEC of the NDC has made it abundantly clear that the implementation of the provisions of the Act will deny the vast majority of the population the opportunity to acquire the Card”.
They declared their support for the process of providing, “Identity Cards for Ghanaians, FEC expressed concerns at certain provisions of the Act which will prevent fellow citizens from the process of registration,” adding that the cost of $1.2 Billion for the project does not replicate President Akufo Addo’s mantra of protecting the public purse.
Consequently, the NDC called on Ghanaians to demand answers relating to issues bordering on value for money.