According to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, once the Ghana Card registration process by the National Identification Authority (NIA) is completed by June 2020, there will be no need to spend money to compile a new EC voters register.
“After this register is done this year we will no longer have any argument about voters register anymore because the National ID will become our voters' register and nobody will have to register for voter’s card," Dr. Bawumia emphasized.
He was speaking at this year’s Ahmadiyya Conference at Pomadze, held in the Central region.
Dr. Bawumia further noted that the database of the National Identification Authority (NIA) will be the system where Electoral Commission (EC) extracts all eligible electorates for all elections.
“When it is time for voting, EC can just extract everybody who is above 18 from the national ID database for them to go and vote [in that coming years’ elections],” Dr. Bawumia stated.
The Ghana Card is a national identification card that was launched by the government through NIA in 2017. The card is for citizens, both resident, and non-resident, and legally and permanently resident foreign nationals.
It has a lifespan of 10 years after which it will be renewed at a fee.
Addressing participants, the Vice President further revealed that the government in the first quarter of 2020 will launch an online platform known as Ghana.gov.
This platform, he says will reduce human interference on how services are provided and also be a means to curb corruption in the country.
“In the first quarter, we will begin with a launch of what we call the Ghana.gov platform. It is a portal where we going to put all government services. So if you need a service whether electricity, pay tax, get a permit, you no longer have to go to that particular office.
“You can apply for it at Ghana.gov online, pay your fee and you will receive your particular permit.”