Member of Parliament for South Dayi in the Volta Region, Rockson Nelson Defeamekpor, has challenged claims by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Ken Attafuah, that soon Ghanaians who wish to acquire a voter ID card would be required to produce a Ghana card.
In a write-up on the claim, which Mr. Attafuah is said to have made on Accra based UTV, the South Dayi MP said the NIA boss’ position is false in law.
“I must make the point forcefully that, the EC’s processes on the compilation of Voters Register is a matter of law. This does not require the dictates of any other body, be it governmental or non-governmental. For a change to be introduced in the admissibility of identification for the purpose of obtaining a voters ID card, the law can only be amended. This cannot be done at the whims and caprices of anyone and certainly not the NIA.
“It was good you admit that fact, save that in emphasizing on the legal requirement of the Ghana Card for the purpose of acquiring a voters ID card, you miscomprehended the law and fell into error in interpreting same to advance your views on UTV, Hon. Defeamekpor wrote.
Hon. Defeamekpor also dismissed Ken Attafuh’s assertion that banks which are refusing the Ghana Card are committing offences, saying the Authority has no basis to make that claim since the NIA has not provided any database for the banks to use.
“Again, Prof., you sought to indicate that banks that are refusing to accept the Ghana Card as a means of identification are breaking the law. What you seem to forget is that, these banks require a database that is at their disposal and that allows them the opportunity to verify the cards against their holders before any transactions could be carried through. As we speak, that data is not available to the banks. Is it possible for the banks to be said to be breaking a law when the infrastructure needed for the effective implementation of the use of the card as a valid form of identity is not in place?”
Hon. Defeamekpor accused the NIA and its boss of peddling confusion with the ongoing Ghana Card registration, saying that Ghanaians have been forced to speculate as to whether the Ghana Card would be required as a precondition for voter registration or not.