Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said that the introduction of the National Identification Card will soon end the controversy over the use of voters’ register for elections in Ghana.
He said the card will replace the voters’ ID because the Electoral Commission (EC) will extract details of all those who have attained the age of eighteen and above and are eligible to vote with ease.
Addressing a gathering at the 88th Annual National Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Gomoa Pomadze in the Central Region, Dr. Bawumia stated that the completion of the National Identification database will also save the nation money.
“One of the beautiful things about the National ID card registration is that after it is done this year, we will no longer have any argument about the voters’ register anymore because the National ID will be the voters’ register and nobody will go and do voters’ registration because when it is time for voting, EC will just extract the data of anybody who is above 18 from the national ID database. So it will save us money in these registrations which are expensive. But, for us, this is the last time we going to get involved in the election registration.”
He further indicated that digitization will be introduced at the Lands Commission to deal with the issue of high levels of corruption associated with land registration and acquisition.
“Also, the NHIA is not going to be issuing out NHIS cards because the National ID card can also act as your NHIS card. We are introducing digitization at the Lands Registry because of the corruption there. But we have begun a process to digitize land registration which will become a major breakthrough in the country”, he added.