The Member of Parliament for Adenta constituency, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, has said the National Identification Act is explicitly clear that, bearers of the Voter’s ID card cannot use same for the registration of Ghana card.
The legislator said the Voter’s ID card system is fraught with irregularities and challenges and so it would be impossible for holders of such cards, to register onto the national identification System.
Mr Asamoah was reacting to claims by Tamale Central’s MP, Inusah Fuseini that, the Act passed by parliament did not exclude the Voter’s ID card and Section 3 (e) of Act 950, allows the NIA to permit individuals to use the card as a document for registration.
‘’If you don’t have birth certificate, passport and resident permit, your SSNIT card can serve as your proof of citizenship because when you fill you card, it shows where you come from. And so, you can accept the Voter’s ID card on the basis of Section 3 (1) (e) of the law. But the NIA is saying no. If you read Article 42, it is the only occasion that the constitution says a citizen of Ghana of 18 years and above and of sound mind is entitled to register to vote. So Article 42 already sets the criteria which clearly interpreted will mean, anybody holding a Voter’s ID is prima facie is citizen of Ghana, Inusah Fuseini said.
But reacting to the explanation, Yaw Buabeng Asamaoh stressed the Voter’s ID card cannot be used as proof for the national card registration.
‘’The Voter’s ID was initiated for a purpose and currently, there are challenges and irregularities associated with the system and so we cannot allow people to use the card to register and be issued with the Ghana card. The criteria are passport and birth certificate.’’
He has advised the Minority to use the appropriate processes to address the challenges they have raised and stop being petty.
‘’This not the registration for Voter’s ID. This is the registration for Ghana card and we have to have a clean and new system. There are criteria for the registration and so we have to use and accept the criteria. They can go to court if they want to. They are entitled to that,’’ he said.