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Politics of Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Source: Class FM

NIA’s card not a Ghana card, rather ECOWAS card – Sorogo

Former Member of Parliament for Madina, Amadu Sorogo, has said the current identity card being issued by the National Identification Authority (NIA) cannot be described as a Ghana Card which is limited to only Ghanaians.

According to him, the card is an ECOWAS Identity Card which has been translated into the French language for all French-speaking people.

He has therefore informed the Electoral Commission that it cannot rely on that card for purposes of voters registration exercise.

Speaking on the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM Tuesday, May 19, in connection with the plans of the EC to compile a new voters registration using passports and the NIA’ s card as the primary source of identification, Mr. Sorogo said the primary document for identity in Ghana is the birth certificate.

“Birth certificate is the primary authority to tell that one is a Ghanaian and so why do we want to deceive ourselves?

The card being issued by the NIA is not a Ghana Card, we don’t have Ghana Card, what they are issuing is called ECOWAS identity card.”

Meanwhile the Eastern Regional 1st Vice-Chair of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Omar Bodinga said the NIA’s card is an important document that assist Ghanaians in whatever they do.

He said the card will propel development as it will contain almost information about an individual.

“This is an important document that we must all accept,” he said on the show.

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