The National Democratic Congres (NDC) is demanding the extension of the mass registration and issuance of Ghana Card exercise in the Volta due to the slow pace of the exercise and the numerous challenges that have saddled the process.
The NDC also says it will reject any attempt to make the National ID card a voting instrument in any national elections as they believe the National Identification Authority (NIA) is deliberately conducting the mass registration in a manner to denationalise the people of the Volta region.
The NDC’s National Director of Elections, Elvis Afriye Ankrah addressing a press conference in Ho on Tuesday after a tour of some registration centres in the municipality, accused the NIA of deliberately orchestrating stupendous delays in the registration process causing registrants to sleepover at registration centers only for an average of 60 people to be registered on daily basis.
“….We are not impressed at all with how the entire exercise has been run so far. There seem to be abnormal queues at these centres causing people to sleep at centres to get registered probably because of the distant places they come from… Unfortunately, an average of about 60 persons are registered daily,” Mr Afriye Ankrah indicated.
The Volta Regional Chairman of the NDC, Henry Ametefe, warned that “the culture of silence being cultivated around the mass registration exercise is not healthy for the country’s democracy. When there are no materials to work with or even when the people are moving with their machines to a different location, they say they have been asked not to speak to the public”.
It takes an average of 3 days for an applicant to secure the Ghana Card.
The exercise which has been running for the past week is expected to end on August 14 contrary to the initially announced date of August 22.