The President has rubbished claims by members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the purpose of the Ghana Cards is to disenfranchise some Ghanaians, particularly those from the Volta Region.
According to President Akufo-Addo, residents of the Volta Region, who live close to Togo, are aware of the “Carte Nationale d’Identité”, Togo National ID card, and described as unfortunate Ghana’s inability, for well over 8 years, to have her own National ID card.
To this end, the President noted that Parliament has passed a law, the contents of which are merely being implemented by the National Identification Authority.
“NIA has not refused anything other than what Parliament passed. The legislation that is insisting on passports and birth certificates is not the work of NIA, it is the work of Parliament. It is the law passed by Parliament.
So, statements that the NIA is deliberately refusing this or that is unfortunate. It means the person or those who are saying this are not familiar with the legal situation,” the President said.
He continued, “I have no interest in disenfranchising any Ghanaian. The card is meant for Ghanaians, and that is why Parliament, with the full support of both sides of the house, the minority and majority, supported the new law that is being applied by the NIA. So, it is unfortunate that some people are approving and disapproving their own work”.
He noted, therefore, that there is no justification for anyone, let alone Minority MPs, to “come back and then say these particular people are doing this to disenfranchise x, y or z persons.
“We are not disenfranchising anybody. If you don’t have a birth certificate, passport, all you have to do is to produce a Ghanaian to vouch for you, and you get your card.”