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It will be a Calamity if Ghana Card is not utilized for the 2024 elections - NIA Boss

The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has been encouraged by the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Kenneth Agyeman Attafuah, to use the National Identification Card (Ghana Card) for the 2024 elections.

Prof. Kenneth believes that using a card other than the Ghana Card for the elections would be a grave disservice to Ghana.


According to asaaseradio.com, he also said that, should it receive the necessary backing, his organization is prepared and will be able to distribute the Ghana Card to all eligible voters.


"Speaking for myself, I think it will be a tragedy if we do not use the Ghana Card for election 2024. There is no reasonable basis in my view for that not to happen".


"17.3 million of a population 15 years and above, so that those who are going to fall into the category of people eligible to register and vote by age 18, a lot of them have already been captured.


"We still have a certain margin of approximately 2 million. Those 2 million people who have not registered, if they desire to register, there is no reason why they cannot be registered within a maximum of 6 months and we are talking 2024, (some two clear years) to the day the Electoral Commission would say we are closing the registration", the NIA Boss is quoted to have said at a press soiree on Friday, November 18.


He reaffirmed that the NIA would make sure that no qualified voter would be denied the right to vote should the EC decide to deploy the Ghana Card and the Parliament of Ghana grant it the necessary clearance.


Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, has said that he has not yet received a brief on the new Constitutional Instrument (CI) that the EC has announced it will table in order to carry out the continuous voter registration drive it desires.


He said that the Electoral Commission should forgo presenting the CI to the house if it does not meet with the leader of the house.


"......I have not been given any brief by the EC on any proposed instrument coming from them. And so I raised this some time ago, and I'm yet to receive them to be briefed on them. Until that is done, they should forget about laying such Instruments in the house". he said.


Prior to the next limited registration process, the Electoral Commission issued the proposed Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations 2021 Constitutional Instrument, which aims to make the Ghana Card the only acceptable form of identification.


The minority caucus in Parliament has opposed the EC's plan, arguing that using only the Ghana Card will result in a large number of eligible voters losing their right to vote.

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EC Electoral Commission of Ghana Ghana Card Kenneth Kenneth Agyeman Attafuah

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