Voters’ card registration: Group to sue EC at Supreme Court over use of Ghana card
A group calling itself the Coalition of Voters Without Ghana Card has said it will head to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation as to whether the laws of the nation allow the Electoral Commission to reject a birth certificate as a primary document for registering people for the voter ID card.
The group’s Convener, Mr Patrick Kwesi Afeavor, told Class News in an interview that: “This issue of using the Ghana card is a no no”, adding: “Should they give us the date or should they tell us that they are going to continue this, we are heading to the Supreme Court”.
“We want the Supreme Court to interpret to us that since when did the birth certificate that we all know as the basic requirement in this country change to Ghana card – a card that is not complete, a card that even the banks and big institutions don’t even allow, don’t even use in their transactions.…”, he said.
Mr Afeavor said: “Should the ban on social gathering be lifted, we’ll the streets with a demonstration”.
On Wednesday, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) said it will be at the losing end if the National Identification Authority (NIA) goes ahead to do a mop-up exercise without embarking on another mass registration of Ghanaians for the Ghana card.
The party’s General Secretary John Boadu told journalists on the sidelines of an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting at the Electoral Commission on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 that: “I disagree with the position that they [NIA] will do a mop-up [exercise] in some few areas they think they were unable to do”.
“And, if I want to be political about it, if you consider the number of people who have not yet received their cards – Central Region, Ashanti Region, Eastern Region and Greater Accra alone constitute about 68% of those who have not received their cards yet”, he asserted.
“All the other regions, the 12 regions, constitute just around 32%”, Mr Boadu noted, arguing: “So, if you want to talk about connivance with the NIA to disenfranchise people, we, the NPP, will lose a lot”.
“So, if you have four of our strongholds constituting 68%, who should be complaining? It is us, the NPP, who should be complaining”.
“If you take these four regions in question, we have 45% of the total population who have not yet been registered. To the extent that about one million people in the Ashanti Region have not been registered.
“So, any attempt by the NIA to do a mop-up without doing a mass registration will not sit well with us”.
“For anybody to think that we are rather in connivance with NIA begs the question. I don’t think that they even understand what they are talking about.”
EC exercising independence “whimsically, capriciously, arbitrarily” to disenfranchise 93% UE, UW voters”
Last week, the National Democratic Congress’ Director of Elections, Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, said at a press conference that up to 93 per cent of eligible voters in the Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana will be disenfranchised should the EC go ahead and rely only on the Ghana card and passports as the primary documents for registering people for the issuance of new voter ID cards.