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Ghana Card: Use voter IDs – Kufuor backs Mahama, NDC

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has urged the National Identification Authority (NIA) to add the voter ID card to its list of base documents required for registration for the Ghana Card.

“It should be added”, Mr Kufuor told journalists at his residence on Tuesday, 26 June after NIA officials went there to register him.

“It’s been a rigorous exercise”, Mr Kufuor said, adding: “Almost for the past two hours, which means it could take a lot of time”, especially “when you are going to do it for over 30 million people”, explaining: “Documents that will help identify a citizen as a citizen will be sovereign authority in him or her so if your voter ID is not incorporated”, then it is problematic.

Apart from Mr Kufuor, former President Jerry John Rawlings, founder of the main opposition party, has also registered for the card despite his party’s boycott of the process over the NIA’s refusal to include voter IDs as base documents.

On Tuesday, the Minority in Parliament described as “needless, unfortunate and misplaced”, “attacks” hurled at the caucus by President Nana Akufo-Addo in connection with their boycott of the Ghana Card registration process and demand that voter IDs be added to the base documents required for the registration.

Last week, the president said claims by former President John Mahama and the Minority in parliament that using only birth certificates and passports as base documents for the registration will de-nationalise over 20 million Ghanaians, is unfortunate.

During its last Unity Walk in the Volta Region early June, Mr Mahama said there were attempts by the Akufo-Addo government to disenfranchise and de-nationalise millions of Ghanaians using “illogical” criteria for the registration and acquisition of the Ghana Card.

Source: class fm

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