By Frederick E. Aggrey
The Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) members in Parliament have threatened to go to the Supreme Court for clarification on the use of Voter Identity Card as requirement in the on-going Ghana Card registration exercise.
Addressing a News conference in Parliament House yesterday, the Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrissu, indicated that the issue concerning the Voter ID Card as a means of identification in the ongoing Ghana Card issuance process remains unresolved.
He added that, the Supreme Court has given earlier rulings regarding the subject matter and they intend to go to the same court for clarification and resolution to the matter.
He added that: “This is a matter of seeking legal clarification on the status of the Voter ID Card as a means of reference, and we will head to the Supreme Court of Ghana for clarification on the basis of their earlier ruling”.
He added that, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament is a very responsible Minority and that they owe the people of Ghana a major explanation as to why they have boycotted a major national exercise that is taking place.
He added that they would continue to boycott the exercise until some legal issues are resolved to the satisfaction of all Ghanaians.
He argued that, the idea of a national identity system legitimately remains a matter of national importance and necessity. He added, however, that in Ghana, only two million Ghanaians have Passports with seven million having Birth Certificates.
This, he explained, means that only seven million out of the total population of Ghana are being considered for this project, per the Chief Executive of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof Ken Attafuah’s explanation.
The NIA has stated that it considers Passports and Birth Certificates as the only means of identification in the ongoing National Card registration process.
The Minority Leader further added that, the Voter ID Card, which produced the government of Presidents John A. Kufuor, Prof. J.E.A Mills, John Mahama and Nana A.D. Akufo Addo is a legitimate referencing document, especially regarding the previous Supreme Court rulings.
According to the Minority Leader, the import of their boycott is to ensure that there is no denial of any legitimate Ghanaian in the issuance of the National Id Card.
“We find the reference document of only the Passport and Birth Certificate inadequate and inappropriate on the basis that many more Ghanaians would not be part of this exercise,” he said.
He contended that should the exercise continue, it would have meant that only two million or seven million Ghanaians would be registered out of about twenty nine million Ghanaian population.
He also told the journalists that other matters such as value for money and procurement process, in relation to the exercise would be addressed in due course.