Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has backed calls for the National Identification Authority (NIA) to accept voters ID card as a proof of Ghanaian citizenship for the issuance of the Ghana card.
Currently, the NIA only accepts a passport or a birth certificate as proof of citizenship per the law that regulates their work.
Two Ghanaian citizens could also testify for those who do not have either a passport or a birth certificate.
The Minority in Parliament has mounted pressure on the NIA to include the voters ID card, but the NIA is adamant.
The Minority as a result boycotted the registration for parliamentarians which has since ended.
Speaking to journalists in Accra on Tuesday after he was registered, Mr. Kufuor said it is necessary for the voters ID card to be added as a form of identification.
“It should be added,” he said, explaining that “if voters ID card is not incorporated in this then when it comes to citizens going to make a government where would you be?”
“How would you say truly you also have power in your thumb to make or unmake a government? So voters ID card should be part of it,” he added.
Rawlings ‘mistakenly’ registered for Ghana card – Sam George
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has also been issued with the Ghana card in defiance of the Minority’s directive.
NDC Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Goerge, however, believes Rawlings’ decision to register for the Ghana card was borne out of the fact that he has not understood the Minority’s concerns.
“I believe if President Rawlings had asked us as a Minority to explain and expatiate what our challenges are, he would have appreciated our position better and possibly aligned more with us, but unfortunately he did not grant us audience to explain.”
“President Rawlings did not hear us as a Minority or a party. On the basis of the foregoing, he was led mistakenly to believe that the NIA’S position is tenable. I believe that if President Rawlings seeks or demands audience from the Minority and we go before him with the evidence that we have, he will take a position in the interest of Ghanaians,” Sam George added on Eyewitness News on Tuesday.