Imani Boss commends Afari-Gyan, Kennedy Agyapong for rejecting EC’s Ghana Card C.I

Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the former Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), and Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, were commended by Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, the Founding President of Imani Africa, for opposing the Constitutional Instrument (CI) of the EC that seeks to make the Ghana Card the sole identification document for voter registration.

In a statement to the state-owned Daily Graphic, Dr. Afari-Gyan said that the EC's position that the guarantor system was weak and that the Ghana Card should be the only document used for registration was unsustainable.

Dr. Afari-Gyan says that as long as the National Identification Authority (NIA) allowed the guarantor system for Ghana Card registration, the European Commission (EC) could do the same for voter registration and make the system stronger as it wanted.
“What prevents the commission from establishing, in the upcoming constitutional instrument (CI), a guarantor regime that is as strong as, or even stronger than, the one used by the NIA for the Ghana Card?” He asked.

Also, Mr. Kennedy Agyapong said that the elections management body's decision to only accept the Ghan rad for voter registration was false.

Mr. Agyapong, who is running for the position of flagbearer for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and spoke over the weekend on Sompa FM in Kumasi, stated, "I am against it." People in Ghana make false decisions.

We have a complete Ghanaian passport, but you (EC) claim that you can't use it to register as a voter in order to vote. What identifies me as a Ghanaian? He stated, "It is my passport."

“Yet another sensible patriot, Dr. Afari Gyan, the emeritus Chair of Ghana's Electoral Commission rejects the EC's decision to ditch the guarantor system,” Mr. Franklin Cudjoe said in response to these. Kennedy Agyapong's and this action's support comes from IMANI.

ALSO READ: The Electoral Commission Chair, Mrs. Jean Mensa, told Parliament that the use of the Ghana Crad alone would prevent minors and foreigners from getting onto the electoral register to vote, shocking the NIA.

"The use of only Ghana Card will ensure and guarantee the credibility of the register and elections, prevent enrolment of minors, prevent foreigners from voting, and eliminate the guarantor system which is prone to abuse," Madam Jean Mensa stated in a briefing to the House on the CI on February 28.

She stated, "In 2024, the Ghana Card will be used for registration rather than voting."

According to Tamale South Member of Parliament Haruna Iddrisu, the National Identification Authority (NIA) has informed the Commission that "there are 3.5 blank cards in the warehouse, money has been released, and funds are being released." Iddrisu made the revelation that approximately 3.5 million people lacked a Ghana Crad.

The Minority has been complaining about the CI that is being proposed.

They turned down representatives from the EC and the National Identification (NIA), who were in Parliament to inform the House about the proposed CI, on Thursday, February 23.

According to Haruna Iddrisu, a member of Tamale South's parliament, the minority is opposed to any move by the EC to use the Ghana Card as the sole form of identification for voter registration.

He claimed that the right to vote and to be voted for would be harmed by any such move by the EC.

The former Minority Leader stated, while speaking via telephone on the Big Issue on Monday, February 27, on TV3 that 3.5 million people did not have a Ghana Card.

ALSO READ: Students sue Yamfo College of Health over accreditation "deception." He questioned whether the EC would prevent all 3.5 million people without a Ghana Card from exercising their right to vote.

He declared, "The NDC will defend the right to vote and be voted for."

He stated, "We are contesting the use of Ghana Crad as the sole reference for the purposes of registering as a voter."

"The right to vote and to be voted for is sacred," he emphasized. Can you instruct the 3.5 million people who do not have the card not to vote?”

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