Volta Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), James Gunu has accused the government of orchestrating plans to deny people of Volta Region the right to Ghanaian citizenship.
According to him, the government through the National Identification Authority (NIA) is using the ongoing national identification registration exercises to implement the diabolical plans against Voltarians.
Mr Gunu made this allegation during an interview with THE REPUBLIC via phone on the NIA registration exercises.
He said, the one-month registration exercises in the region were to commence from July 22 to August 22, 2019, but the officers in the field said they are ending the registration on August 14, 2019.
In addition to that, Mr Gunu said, as part of the schemes to disenfranchised a number of citizens from obtaining the Ghana card, there have been frequent reports of a breakdown of machines, shortage of materials and poor internet services.
This, the NDC regional secretary said has denied many applicants in the region from obtaining the Ghanaian version of the ECOWAS identity card.
For instance, he said registration of applicants at Agotime-Ziope District has come to a halt for the past two days.
And officers claimed there are no materials for cards to be printed, among other deliberate and flimsy excuses.
What is more worrying, Mr Gunu said, is the intolerant behaviour of some of the registration officers as they often use abusive words on the people including elders and traditional leaders who have reason(s) to complain about.
These and among others, the NDC regional scribe believed are deliberately done to deny the people the opportunity to register onto the national identification system to obtain their ECOWAS card.
He added that the government is doing so simply because the Volta Region is the stronghold of the NDC and the idea is to reduce the voting population of the region.
He, therefore, called on the management of the NIA to take immediate steps to resolve the abnormalities for the people of the Volta Region.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba