Ghana Card for voter registration will prevent foreigners and minors from voting, according to Jean Mensa's statement to Parliament.

Jean Mensa, chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), has informed Parliament that the use of the Ghana Card as the sole identification document for voter registration will guarantee a credible voter list.

She stated that this will also prevent minors and foreigners from registering to vote.

On Tuesday, February 28, Madam Jean Mensa briefed Parliament on the Constitutional Instrument (CI) that seeks to make the Ghana Card the only document for voter registration. She stated, "The use of only Ghana Card will ensure and guarantee the credibility of the register and elections, prevent enrolment of minors, prevent foreigners from voting, and eliminate the abuse-prone guarantor system."

"In 2024, the Ghana Card will not be used to vote, but rather to register," she said.

Regarding Tamale South Member of Parliament Haruna Iddrisu's revelation that approximately 3.5 million Ghana Crad-less people exist, she stated that the National Identification Authority (NIA) has informed the commission that "there are 3.5 blank cards in the warehouse, money has been released, and funds are being released."

The Minority has raised objections to the proposed CI.

On Thursday, February 23, they rejected officials from the European Commission and the National Identification Agency (NIA) who were in the House of Representatives to brief the chamber on the proposed CI.

They anticipated the appearance of Madame Jean Mensa herself.

Haruna Iddrisu, member of parliament for Tamale South, stated that the Minority opposes any move by the EC to use the Ghana Card as the sole identifying document for voter registration.

According to him, such a move by the EC would harm the right to vote and be elected.

Monday, February 27 on TV3's The Big Issue, the former leader of the minority stated that there are 3.5 million individuals without a Ghana Card.

He questioned whether the EC would prevent all 3,5 million people without a Ghana Card from exercising their right to vote.

The NDC will defend the right to vote and be elected, he stated.

"We are contesting the use of the Ghana Cedi as the sole reference for voter registration purposes," he said.

He emphasized that the right to vote and be elected is sacred. Can you tell the 3.5 million individuals who do not have the card not to vote?"

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