Ghana Cards: LMVCA backs decision to exclude voters’ ID

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By Lorlornyofm June 29, 2018 00:07

Ghana Cards: LMVCA backs decision to exclude voters’ ID

Pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), says it supports the decision by the National Identification Authority (NIA) to exclude the voters’ ID as a requirement to obtain the Ghana Card.

“We are of the firm conviction that the inclusion of the Voters ID card in the Ghana Card registration will distort the data, further deepen the cracks in the entire national identification system and compromise the authenticity of the whole process,” the group said in a release, Thursday.

There is controversy over the NIA’s insistence on the use of either a birth certificate or a passport as proof of Ghanaian citizenship and qualification to obtain the Ghana Card.

 

Those who hold that the voters’ ID must be included in the list of admissible documents to acquire the Ghana Card say if Ghanaians use the voters’ ID card to decide who should govern them, then they should be able to use it to register for the National ID card, also known as the Ghana Card. Former President Kufuor and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) belong hold this view.

The NIA says its refusal to accept the voter’s ID is founded on law.

In the LMVCA backs the NIA and said in the release that the electoral register, which is a database of voters ID card holders, has a lot of unresolved anomalies.

Read the full statement from LMVCA below.

June 28, 2018

STAY FOCUSED, DELIVER THE GHANA CARDS.

The Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) calls on the National Identification Authority (NIA) to dismiss calls by sections of well-meaning Ghanaians to include the voter’s ID in the ongoing Ghana Card registration.

We are of the firm conviction that the inclusion of the Voters ID card in the Ghana Card registration will distort the data, further deepen the cracks in the entire national identification system and compromise the authenticity of the whole process.

The Electoral register has a lot of unresolved anomalies. It is for this reason that the LMVCA rallied behind and offered our full support to the plaintiffs in the Abu Ramadan & Evans Nimako v Attorney General case in which the plaintiffs argued that the use of the NHIS Card for voter registration was unconstitutional as the NHIS Card merely indicates a minimum of 6 months of residence in Ghana, and not Ghanaian citizenship as stipulated by the constitution.

The Supreme Court brought finality to the case on May 5, 2016, when it ruled that the use of NHIS Cards to register voters and issue them with voter’s ID was unconstitutional and void. The Supreme Court further ordered the Electoral Commission of Ghana to expunge from the voter’s register the names of all those who registered with the NHIS Card. However, this was a near-impossible task as there was no indication on the Form 1A (used for voter registration) of the type of identification used.

The fact of the matter is that there are people who used the NHIS Card to obtain voter’s ID in clear breach of Article 42 of the 1992 constitution which states that only citizens of Ghana may be issued a voter’s ID. Thus, using the voter’s ID for the Ghana Card registration will further perpetuate this unconstitutionality and render the process of national identification void.

It is important to note that with the exception of the NHIS Card (which has been declared unconstitutional for the acquisition of a voter’s ID) the requirements for voter registration are the same as the requirements for the Ghana card registration – passport or birth certificate. In the absence of either of these two documents, a citizen may guarantee for an applicant. The question we seek to ask now is, “By which other means can a Ghanaian prove his/her citizenship other than the above-mentioned process?”

The national ID is crucial for our economic development and the consolidation of democracy. Since the information will be integrated into the database of institutions such as SSNIT, DVLA, GRA among others. LMVCA, therefore, calls on all qualified Ghanaians to go through the necessary processes to register for the Ghana Card.

Although LMVCA fully respects the contrary opinions expressed by well-meaning Ghanaians, we maintain that the inclusion of the Voter’s ID as a base document in the Ghana Card registration will create chaos in information management and an exercise in retrogression.

We urge the NIA to remain focused and resolute in their quest to do what is right in the face of the law as they fulfil their mandate to develop a centralized national identification system. It is the surest way to create a centralized ID for the country.

Let My Vote Count Don’t Destroy our Democracy

 

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | george.nyavor@myjoyonline.com

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