The Minority in Parliament is heading to court to challenge the National Identification Authority’s basis for only accepting passports and birth certificates to establish citizenship for the registration and instant issuance of the Ghana Card.
It wants the Voters’ ID card to also be accepted as proof of citizenship.
The Minority Spokesperson on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Inusah Fuseini, insisted to the media the NIA was wrongly interpreting the landmark 2016 judgment in the Abu Ramadan vs Electoral Commission case.
The Supreme Court ordered the Electoral Commission to expunge from the voters’ register the names of all persons who registered and voted in the 2012 elections with the National Health Insurance (NHIS) card as a proof of identity.
The judgment followed contentions that non-Ghanaians had been registered using the NHIS card.
Until the legal challenge is resolved, the Minority will be continuing its boycott of the process.
“We will challenge same and we have also decided that in view of the fact that more than 50 million Ghanaians have the Voters ID card as proof of citizenship and the fact that they are refusing to accept same for the basis of registration… We as a Minority will stay out of the registration process until a determination of whether or not the Voters ID card can be used as proof of citizenship as the purposes of getting onto the NIA platform,” Inusah Fuseini stated.
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