According to the Electoral Commission (EC), the goal of using Ghana Card for voter registration is to prevent minors from obtaining voter identification cards in time for the 2019 elections.
Dr. Bossman Asare, the deputy chairman in charge of corporate services at the EC, claims that they believe one can only obtain the Ghana Card if they are 18 years old. As a result, they are advising people to get their Ghana Cards so they can register at the district EC offices when the process starts.
He also said that even if the exercise hasn’t started, when it does, there won’t be a set date.
“In all this, when we start the registration, the party agents will be present. The mischief we’re trying to kill is having people fronting for people who are not 18 years and are not Ghanaians.
“As we speak, the exercise hasn’t even begun but when it begins, we’re asking people to go for your Ghana Card, go to your district EC office and register,” Asaaseradio.com quoted Dr Bossman Asare.
“What the commission is saying is that, our exercise which is the continuous registration has no deadline. So when we start the process and you’re 18 and have your Ghana card, go and register. We know you don’t turn 18 before you get your Ghana Card so when you get your card and turn 18, you go and register,” he added.
He also denied accusations made by Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the former chairman of the EC, that the use of the Ghana Card by the EC will result in the disenfranchisement of millions of eligible voters.