National chairman of NDC Samuel Ofosu Ampofo

The National Democratic Congress has advised the Electoral Commission to pull the brakes on implementing the Ghana Card as the sole document for the registration and acquisition of a voter’s ID card.

Addressing a press conference today, the National Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo said the elimination of the use of passports and the guarantor system is unconstitutional.

He said if the C.I. is passed in its current form it will disenfranchise prospective voters who for no fault of theirs are unable to obtain the national ID card issued by the NIA.

The largest opposition party, therefore, threatened to employ all legitimate means including mass action to block the move should the EC refuse to heed the warning.

”We will mobilize the broad masses of Ghanaians to wage a sustained and unrelenting campaign to prevent any attempt by the EC to strip large sections of the population of their right to vote.

“The Ghana card is a new feature of our national life and cannot immediately become the only means to identify a Ghanaian only because it plays into the hands of the NPP whose members constitute the leadership of both the National Identification Authority and the EC.”