A former deputy national organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mahdi Gibril says the system and processes being used for the registration for the issuance of the Ghana card, lacks credibility and transparency.
He told Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio that until one is able to register and get a card, you have to pay GHc20 before you are registered although it’s against the rules.
He said the challenges confronting the exercise has exposed the lack of preparation by the National Identification Authority (NIA).
In his view, the NIA failed to put in place measures to address the challenges confronting the exercise.
He is also wondering if the NIA purchased quality machines for the exercise following the breakdown of the system on a daily basis in almost all the registration centers.
Mahdi Gibril said the processes have been corrupted and until you get someone you know to help you register, you will stay in the line for several hours, days and weeks before you get the opportunity to register.
But reacting to the claims, Nana Agyei Yeboah, a communicator of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), described them as pure lies and an attempt to denigrate the NIA.
He said “the registration for Ghana card is not based on whom you know. The claims by Mahdi are pure lies.”
He slammed the NDC for failing to execute the registration of the Ghana card after taking over leadership from former President Kufuor.
He said the incompetence exhibited by the NDC in the past affected the NIA and its ability to register and issue Ghana cards for citizens.