The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rescinded its decision not to allow its supporters to participate in the ongoing registration process for the acquisition of the Ghana National Identification Card also known as Ghana Card.
The executives of the party on July 23, 2018 ordered their followers to boycott the Ghana Card until their request for the inclusion of the Voters ID card as one of the requirements for the registration of the national card have been accepted.
The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah rejected explanations offered by the Professor Ken Attafua led National Identification Authority (NIA) that the voter's ID was not valid for acquiring the Ghana Card.
Even though NIA still stands by earlier position, the NDC party has taken fast U-turn calling on its followers to participate fully for the process.
Their reason being that they fell suspicious that the ruling NPP party is hatching a plan to use the card for a process which may disenfranchise its supporters in the next elections.
The party’s Deputy General Secretary, Peter Otokunor also believes that the government is seeking to use the Ghana card to compile a new voter’s register for the next general elections in the year 2020.
According to him, the party would have to take a relook knowing how the NPP is showing keen interest in the exercise and are already holding public discussions on using the Ghana Card as the basis for compiling the new voter’s register.
“The NPP are taking undue advantage and are registering their people and they are hoping and pushing a dream that with this current reconstituted Electoral Commission. When they are going to reorganize the register, if you don’t have the Ghana Card you are not going to be eligible to register,” he observed in an interview.
A message on the website of the NIA attributed to its Executive Secretary, Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, indicated that, “The Ghana Card which would be issued to every Ghanaian living in Ghana and abroad and to qualify foreigners living in Ghana is state of the art and is the only identity document to be used for purposes of identification in Ghana. Hence the determination of the NIA to promote its usage”.