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Using Ghana Card as Voters’ ID will disenfranchise millions – Afari-Gyan

A previous Chairperson for the Electoral Commission has prompted the outfit against utilizing the public ID card, famously referred to as, Ghana Card as the sole necessity for casting a ballot in the 2024 political race.

As per Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, a great many qualified electorates will be disappointed by the choice.

In a meeting with Graphic Online , he said numerous Ghanaians are finding it hard to get their Ghana Cards, consequently, making it the main type of distinguishing proof for citizen enlistment was against discretionary inclusivity, decency and equity.

"Ghanaian residents don't lose their citizenship in the event that they are 18 years or more seasoned however don't have the Ghana Card.

"In this way, the unsettled inquiry is: the reason make the Ghana Card the main method for recognizable proof for motivations behind laying out qualification to enroll to cast a ballot," he questioned.

Dr Afari-Gyan was sharing his contemplations in a proclamation made accessible to Graphic Online on another Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) on elector enlistment which has been laid before Parliament by the EC.

In July, the EC set before Parliament a draft C.I named: Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2021, as would be considered normal to direct persistent citizen enlistment.

Per the new C.I, the EC is trying to make the Ghana Card the sole type of recognizable proof for qualified citizens who need to get onto the constituent roll.

The C.I has been alluded to the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament. By show, the council is led by an individual from the Minority bunch.

Nonetheless, even before the EC laid the new C.I before Parliament, the resistance National Democratic Congress (NDC) blamed the EC for wanting to gather another electors register for the 2024 general political race, with the Ghana Card as the main source archive.

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, said any move by the EC to gather another citizens register with the Ghana Card exclusively as the method of ID wouldn't look good for the country, particularly when the EC had consumed immense amounts of cash to order another register which was utilized for the 2020 general political decision.

The EC exposed the declaration by the NDC and said the new C.I was simply intended to direct constant enrollment, with the Ghana Card as the source archive.

"We are not incorporating another citizens register. The one we ordered in 2020 is a valid one, a generally excellent register so we are not forgoing it," the Director of Electoral Services of the EC, Dr Serebour Quaicoe, told the media.

In the mean time, in Parliament, the new C.I laid by the EC caused warmed discusses, with the Minority requiring the EC to come and make sense of the reasoning for the utilization of the Ghana Card as the main source archive.

At Parliament's perched on July 21, the First Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Ibrahim Ahmed, said it was essential for the EC to brief the House on the new C.I. to eradicate any "disputable issue of doubt."

On his part, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, dismissed the call by the Minority, depicting it as untimely, adding that the following general political decision was not yet due.

In the mean time, the Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) responsible for Corporate Services, has explained that without a Ghana Card, one will not beregistered to cast a ballot.

Dr. Bossman Asare talking in a meeting onon Wednesday said this is on the grounds that the Ghana Card has had an effect in our general public with just about 17 million Ghanaians enrolled for it.

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