Tamale South Constituency MP Haruna Iddrisu says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will resist any decision by the Electoral Commission to use the Ghana Card as the sole identification for voting in the 2024 elections until the card is made available to every Ghanaian.
According to the Minority Leader, the current challenges associated with the acquisition of the Ghana Card are a deliberate scheme by the ruling party and its agents within the electoral commission to disenfranchise many Ghanaian voters.
Mr Iddrisu asserted that Ghanaians should not suffer in acquiring the Ghana Card.
He said every Ghanaian is entitled to one, hence, it is government’s duty to make it easier for people to obtain their cards.
“Every Ghanaian is entitled to it, it is for Akufo-Addo and his government to provide it. Every day, we are queuing, reduce the queues, make sure we have it”.
The Minority Leader further explained that when everyone has the card, then it will be possible for them to use it for SIM registration and for the purpose of election.
“When we have it, we will use it for SIM registration and you can use it for the purpose of elections. But where we are not certain, that every Ghanaian has it because I see a queue every day in Tamale, there’s a queue here in Walewale and Nelerigu, you cannot say that something you ought to provide me, and you have failed to provide, I should suffer the consequences for it. That is not justice, that is not fair”, he stressed.
Speaking at the party’s youth forum in Walewale with JoyNews’ correspondent, Eliasu Tanko, Mr Iddrisu said that NDC demands the conduct of free and fair elections and will resist any conspiracy between the chairperson of the Electoral Commission and President Akuffo-Addo to repeat the happenings in the 2020 general election.
“So we are demanding the conduct of the free and fair election, and we will resist any conspiracy between Jean Mensah’s Electoral Commissions and Nana Akufo-Addo to repeat the happenings of December.
“We will do so jealously, religiously within our right to defend the 1992 Constituency and defend our legitimate right and freedom guaranteed under the Constitution”, he said.