Ghana Card registration not limited to passport holders

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The National Identification Authority (NIA), saying persons without passports and birth certificates could get relatives who will stand in as guarantors during the registration process for the proposed Ghana Card.

The opposition National Democratic Congress has expressed fears that the as many as 20 million Ghanaians could be disenfranchised if the NIA maintains that if registration, is based nly on passports and birth certificates for identification.

The Public Relations Officer for the NIA, Francis Palmdetti, clarified the issue on Citifm’s Eyewitness News saying “persons who don’t have these will need a resident who has already registered to vouch for them or two other persons who will testify for them under oath.

The NIA will under no circumstances want to exclude eligible people from the registration process.” he noted. Over 2700 personnel are being trained by the Judiciary to administer oaths and certify Ghanaians without the requisite identification.

The issuance of a National Identification ID card is among the government’s key promises during the electioneering. In 2016.Under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in 2009, the NIA began the process to register and issue the National ID card to all Ghanaians.

About 11 million people in six regions of the country were registered as part of the process in 2009 and 2010.  Most of the cards were not entirely ready for delivery to date.  The issued cards could not get the full recognition of a number of financial and state institutions.

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