NIA defends legitimacy of Ghana Card registration in Pusiga

Professor Ken Agyemang Attafuah is the Executive Secretary of the NIA

The National Identification Authority (NIA) has affirmed the legitimacy and necessity of the ongoing Ghana Card registration process in Pusiga District, describing it as “legal, proper, necessary and entirely healthy.”

Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Director of Elections and IT of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), had alleged in a Facebook post that the registration was politically motivated and disguised as collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

He claimed that the real intention of the NIA was to facilitate illegal voting in the final phase of the voter registration process.

In response, the NIA issued a statement on Wednesday, May 22, refuting these allegations. The authority emphasized that its main objective is to ensure accurate identification of vulnerable populations, particularly those residing near the Ghana-Burkina Faso border.

The initiative aims to facilitate border crossings, improve access to public services and improve security in the border region.

The NIA reiterated its commitment to register all Ghanaians, both domestically and abroad, and issue them Ghana Cards to support economic, social and political development. This mission, the NIA noted, involves collaboration with various entities as prescribed by law.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the NIA will continue to fulfill its mandate of registering Ghanaians in and around Pusiga with the aim of expanding access to the Ghana Card thereby improving identification and border security in that part of Ghana,” concluded the release.

Read the full statement here.

By Daakyehene Nana Yaw Asare

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