Voter's ID must be accepted for Ghana card registration - Kufuor

By Clement Edward Kumsah

Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor has backed the minority NDC's call for the inclusion of the voter's ID to be used as a prerequisite for the acquisition of the Ghana card.

The NDC believes the use of only birth certificates and passports for the registration of the Ghana Card is infringing on the rights of some Ghanaians.

The NDC insists that the present regulations will deny the vast majority of the population the opportunity to acquire the Ghana Card.

According to the NIA, as part of the registration requirement citizens are to provide either a passport or a birth certificate as proof of registration.

In the absence of those two identification materials, persons who wish to be registered and be given the new Ghana Card must come with two witnesses who must have registered already on the Ghana Card to testify that the applicant is a Ghanaian.

However, speaking to Journalists after he was registered and issued with the Ghana card, former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor backed the NDC's call that the voter's ID should be used as part of the registration requirements.

"The voter's ID is a document that will help identify a citizen as a citizen with the sovereign authority residing in him or her so if voter's ID is not incorporated in this, then when come to citizens go to make a government where would you be, how will you say truly you also have the 'krokomoti' power to make and unmake a government, so voter's ID should be part of the requirements"

In a related development, Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho says the party is ready to fight to eradicate the notion that some people are more Ghanaian than others in relation to the registration and issuance of the Ghana Card.

In an interview with Prime News Ghana, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Deputy General Secretary said, if President Akufo-Addo and his government claims the voter's ID is now illegitimate card to prove a person's citizenship in Ghana, then his legitimacy as a President of Ghana must also be questioned.

"What is wrong with the voter's ID, the President won his mandate on the voter's ID, if today we are being told the voter's ID is illegitimate, is the President now telling us that we should also question the legitimacy of his Presidency"?

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