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Electoral Commission brandishing Ghana card as a political tool – John Mahama

Former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has said that the Ghana card is been flaunted as a political tool. This he said is indicative of the frustrations meted out to Ghanaians by the electoral commission in its quest to use it as the only source of identification for a voter card.

Mr. Mahama said “The Electoral commission instead of making it easy for citizens to take part in elections rather takes delight in making it difficult. They appear determined to disenfranchise some Ghanaians by insisting on the Ghana card as the only source of identification for a voter card.” How do you do this, knowing that the Ghana Card is not available to everyone who should have one?

The Ghana Card is a relatively new feature of our national life and has its merits in the scheme of things. At the moment, it is being brandished more as a political tool around which all manner of schemes is being fashioned towards elections.”

He recommended that “There is the need to allow sufficient time for its full integration into our way of life before this kind of unhelpful exclusion of all other legitimately acquired, credible and time-tested forms of identification is implemented.

He further stated that The National Identification Authority cannot claim to have covered every Ghanaian who should be registered or distributed all the cards printed to those who have been captured in their system. They have failed to distribute hundreds of thousands of cards to people who have registered.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of a retreat for the Minority Caucus in Parliament, Mr. Mahama said that “the haste on the part of the Electoral Commission to exclude all other means of identification is therefore clearly indecent and informed by an ulterior objective.”

He finally stressed that “until full and total coverage is achieved in the rollout of the Ghana Card, room must be made for those who are yet to be served, to exercise their democratic rights of voting. They cannot be excluded from the voter register due to no fault of theirs.”

According to the 2020 flag bearer of the NDC, The EC is one of the state institutions that have become “pliant tools for the furtherance of the political ends of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Akufo-Addo.”

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