Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader has raised concern following the Electoral Commission’s (EC) proposal to use the Ghana Card for voter registration in the 2024 general elections.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who was expressing his view, made reference to the ongoing challenges bedeviling the issuance of Ghana cards by the National Identification Authority (NIA). He stressed that the majority of eligible voters are yet to receive their cards.
According to Mr. Bonsu, there is a need to ensure that every eligible Ghanaian has the card before making it a sole requirement for voter registration in 2024.
“So many people don’t have the Ghana card and some of the people who have registered to get the card have not been given the card”
“And given the pendency of the District Level Elections (DLE), to have tied registration to the Ghana card knowing that some of the eligible Ghanaians have not been registered to get the Ghana cards…to say that you were restricting it to the Ghana card was going to be problematic.”
“If they can assure that every eligible Ghanaian will be provided with the Ghana card, then you can base the registration on the Ghana card. But if you admit that not every eligible Ghanaian has been registered or can be registered, then it becomes difficult to tie the registration solely to the Ghana card.” Majority Leader said.
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