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General News of Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Ghana cards: Kufuor backs Minority's call for inclusion of Voter ID cards

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has backed calls by the Minority for the Voter ID card to be added to the requirements for registration for the Ghana card.

Mr Kufuor was registered for his card at his residence on Tuesday by officials of the National Identification Authority (NIA).

After the registration process, the former President made some observations including the exclusion of the voter ID card as a credible document to substantiate one’s nationality as Ghanaian.

“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 when it comes to citizen going to make a government, where will you be? How will you say truly you also have the ‘kokromoti’ power to make or unmake a government? So voter’s id should be part," he observed.

Mr. Kufuor also raised concerns about the time spent on registering an individual for the card.

“Almost for the past two hours, which means it could take a lot of time… when you are going to do it for over 30 million people”.

The Minority in Parliament have boycotted the registration for the national ID cards raising concerns about the cost and exclusion of the voter ID card as a valid document to establish nationality.

Former President John Dramani Mahama has also raised the same concerns.

According to him, the exclusion of the voter ID card “is a deliberate attempt to de-nationalise some of our people.”

Meanwhile, the NIA says it has been trying to engage Mr Mahama on his concerns with the registration process.