Tension is building up against government and the National Identification Authority over the exclusion of voter IDs for the Ghana Card registration.
A group calling itself the Strategic Thinkers Network Africa (STRANEK) has already sued the NIA, and their action comes ahead of a similar action threatened by the Minority in Parliament.
The group is seeking clarity from the Supreme Court a true interpretation of what constitutes proof of citizenship. In a two page suit, STRANEK is seeking other reliefs including “a declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the provisions of the constitution, particularly Articles 6 and 42, a person with the Ghana Voter’s card has passed the citizenship requirement.”
Again STRANEK is see king a declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the constitution specifically article 42, the purported removal from the National Identity Register Act 2017, the Ghana Voters card from the identity documents required before a person can obtain the Ghana Citizenship card is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
According to the group, Article 6 of the 1992 constitution proof of citizenship should not limited by the provisions of the National Identity Register (Amendment) Act 2017,Act 1950.
In STRANEK’s application, they want the court to order “the second defendant to include the Ghana Voters card as one of the identity document for the purposes of acquiring the Ghana citizenship card and any order or orders as the court deem fit in the circumstances.”
Meanwhile, Government is bent on going ahead with the strict requirement limited to birth certificates after the Minority threatened a similar court action.
The National Identification Authority (NIA), in a response has suggested that the Minority in Parliament’s opposition to the use of only passports and birth certificates to establish citizenship is in bad faith.
NIA’s Director of Public Affairs, Francis Palmdeti, said the Minority had the opportunity to raise their concerns in Parliament before the passage of the NIA Bill.