Former president Jerry Rawlings has urged stakeholders to re-examine concerns raised by a section of the public over the issuance of the national ID card (Ghanacard).
Minority MPs have boycotted the process, saying many Ghanaians will not be captured if the National Identification Authority (NIA) insist on passports and birth certificates as proof of citizenship. The opposition party believes the current voters ID card is enough to prove one’s citizenship.
President Rawlings was issued with a Ghanacard Tuesday, but a section of the public believes his action rubbishes the minority’s boycott.
However, former president Rawlings has rejected the allegation, saying “it is spurious to suggest” that he made a call against the minority or the party.
“The principle of Ghana having a valid Identity Card System is what the former President is committed to and he respects positions taken to ensure that the process is transparent and easily accessible to all,” he said in a statement.
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June 27, 2018
RAWLINGS URGES STAKEHOLDERS TO RE-EXAMINE NATIONAL I.D. CARD CONCERNS
The attention of the office of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings has been drawn to publications in sections of the media and on social media platforms insinuating that his decision to register for the National Identity card was a call to members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to disregard the position taken by the party and the minority in Parliament.
The office wishes to state that it is spurious to suggest that former President Rawlings made a call against the minority or the party.
The principle of Ghana having a valid Identity Card System is what the former President is committed to and he respects positions taken to ensure that the process is transparent and easily accessible to all.
The former President urges all stakeholders, especially the National Identification Authority and both the Minority and Majority caucuses in Parliament to deliberate dispassionately on the concerns, many of which are legitimate, in a bid to bring sanity into our democratic process and ensure that all eligible Ghanaians benefit from the process.
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