The People’s National Convention (PNC) has lent its support to the use of the Ghana card as the sole means of identification for eligible voters who wish to register to vote.
The party made this known at a press conference held on August 17.
The PNC described as unambiguous CI’s draft titled: Public Regulations 2021 which should regulate the upcoming continuous voter registration exercise.
According to the CI, the EC is seeking to make the Ghana Card the sole means of identification for eligible voters who wish to register to vote.
The party says it backs calls for the use of the Ghana map based on a six-point assessment.
According to his assessment, the process will be flawless, so the general public should ignore any attempt by any group to denigrate the flaws in the planned process.
Below are excerpts from the conference briefing signed by PNC Secretary General Janet Asana Nabla.
ASSESSMENT OF THE PNC SO FAR
- The Electoral Commission used the Ghana card, passport and 2 guarantors in the absence of the other IDs for the 2020 elections. This register remains valid. What’s to come is continuous recording. The EC did not say it was carrying out a new registration exercise.
- The EC has assessed and come to the conclusion that most potential new voters will have the Ghana card, eliminating the need to call either of the previously used multiple identities. Moreover, the guarantee system can easily be abused in border areas.
- This is a national policy and like all other systems that have now been modified to register individuals through the Ghana Card, the EC is doing the same. This is nothing new and baseless.
- It should be noted that new young people arriving have over two years to acquire their Ghana cards and register to vote. The age for acquiring the Ghana card is 16 while that for voter registration is 18, which gives new voters a two-year window to acquire a Ghana card. Also, the registry will be closed in October 2024, so no one will be disenfranchised.
Also, the registry will be closed in October 2024, so no one will be disenfranchised.
Note also that you do not need ID to vote. That’s the beauty of biometric registration. Your best ID is your biodata (your fingerprint)
- Again, after that, there will also be no new mass re-registration as there was before. There is therefore no fear that a current voter who does not have a Ghana card will be removed from the voters list. In other words, there is no fear of deprivation of rights if the person is already registered in the register
- There is no inhibition or reason that prevents any citizen eligible to vote from getting a Ghana card by October 2024 to register to vote,
It is in this context that the People’s National Convention has supported the use of the Ghana map as the sole document or source for the purposes of registering citizens on our electoral roll.