Dr. Eric Bossman Asare, the Electoral Commission’s (EC) deputy chairman, has stated that the EC will not be using the Ghana card for voting in the 2024 election.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has stated that the Ghana Card will not take the place of the voter’s ID card during the 2024 election.
Dr. Eric Bossman Asare, the deputy chairman of the EC, stated that the electoral management body only accepts the Ghana Card as a valid identity for registering new voters on the national voters’ register.
Mr.Asare told the publicly owned Daily Graphic, “We are not going to use the Ghana Card for voting. “No, we won’t vote with it”.
“We will issue you with our voter’s card when you register to vote; the Ghana Card is exclusively for new voter registration.
“So, let’s encourage our children from 16 years to go for their Ghana Card so that by 2024 when that child is 18 before 60 days to the elections, he or she can walk to our district office or constituency and register for his or her voter’s ID,” he said.
The Public Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations, 2021, a draft constitutional provision, have generated controversy, particularly the provision that intended to make the Ghana Card the only form of identity for qualified voters who wanted to enroll on the national register.
At a meeting of the EC and the Inter-Party Advisory Committee, the various political parties decided to use the Ghana Card, according to Dr. Asare (IPAC).
He explained that since the Ghana Card could be obtained at the age of 15, it was decided to urge people who were about to reach 18 to obtain their cards and then visit their district office to register and be included in the voter list.