Member of the Legal Committee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba says the National Identification Authority (NIA) is intentionally frustrating members of his party from acquiring their GhanaCard.
He says the NIA is slowing down the registration process in the NDC’s perceived strongholds in a deliberate act to prevent their members from getting the card which the Electoral Commission (EC) is planning to use as the primary identification document for general elections in 2024.
“I have indicated that the NIA has also decided that, in our strong areas, they slow down the process of issuing the cards. And I have examples of that”, he said.
He says the NDC, having anticipated that such a thing could occur, attached Lawyers to all the constituencies in the country in order to get its members to be registered for the Ghana Card without any form of challenges.
But the NIA in concert with the ruling party are deploying all manner of shenanigans to reduce numbers of the NDC in its strongholds and in other parts of the country.
“There is a guy who lives in Kumasi, [and] once your name is a Northern name they frustrate you. When you want to register, they raise objections and these objections can take you a long time”, he said.
“I didn’t register in Kumasi but this is someone who called me to tell me and gave me that situation he found himself in. He proceeded to Bongo so I had to call the NDC Chairman or was it the secretary, one of them, to assist him to register and he registered and came back to Kumasi”, he added.
Mr Amaliba levelled these accusations against the NIA on Bolgatanga-based A1 Radio over the weekend.
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