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We shall resist the exclusion of Voter's ID for Ghana card registration with demonstrations-Anyidoho

Written by  Jun 14, 2018
Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, has hinted of demonstrations against the criteria for the registration and issuance of the Ghana card. The maverick politician said the law which allows the National Identification Authority (NIA), to request for only passport and birth certificate for the registration is a bad law. The NIA registration recognises only passports and birth certificates for identification. The government’s presentation to Parliament on Tuesday indicated that the only alternative to this will remain the swearing of affidavits. Over 2700 personnel are being trained by the Judiciary to administer oaths and certify Ghanaians without the required identification. But Koku Anyidoho says the law is a bad one and accused the NIA boss, Professor Attafuah, of hiding behind the law to have his way. The party he told Kwame Tutu is in full support of the boycott staged by the Minority over the registration of legislators which started this week. The request for digital address system he lamented is not only frustrating but an attempt to deprive Ghanaians to register and be issued with the Ghana card. He believes only 7 million Ghanaians will have the opportunity to register per the current requirement hence the need for the NIA, to make provision for people to use the Voter’s ID because it is a valid ID that makes one a Ghanaian. ‘’If they [NPP] are questioning the legitimacy of the Voter’s ID card then we should also question the legitimacy of the current government. That is their logic,’’ he posited. The Coalition for Sovereignty of Ghana he announced will hold a press conference next week Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 to stress the need for the NIA to address the concerns raised. ‘’On Tuesday we shall put our deep thoughts and position on the matter and follow up with actions beyond the press conference. We shall keep the agitation alive and the whole idea is that, we shall resist oppressors rule with all our will and might forevermore. Any attempt to make some Ghanaians more Ghanaians than others, shall be resisted. All Ghanaians are equal. We are not going to have any animal farm type of Ghana; four legs good, two legs bad…This attempt by the Akufo-Addo administration to create an animal farm; four legs good, two legs bad-some Ghanaians are more Ghanaian than others; an elitist society. No it will not happen. It shall be resisted with all our will and might forevermore.’’ ‘’We shall keep the agitation alive and make sure that, we build bigger and better consensus going forward to resist this thing- That only passport and birth certificate; it is not that we are against the principle of the Ghana card. All we are saying is that, let us broaden the space for greater inclusion and stop creating confusion,’’ he said.
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