The National Identification Authority has refuted allegations by the NDC that it is working colaboratively with the Electoral Commission to rig the 2020 election against the National Democratic Congress.
In a response, the Authority has refuted the allegations stating that it is not part of the election management architecture in Ghana and hence cannot be link in anyway to the electoral issues of the country.
According to the NIA, it is focused on its governance architecture which goes far beyond the current Executive Secretary, Prof. Ken Agyemang Attafuah the man who only leads the day-to-day administration and management of affair at the Authority. It further stated that Prof. Attafuah is not even the man who is in charge of policies with regard to NIA, that is a role solely reserved to the governing board.
On the allegation of the exclusion of Voter ID card being unlawful and illegitimate, the expressed surprise at the allegation and referred the NDC to the Amendment of Section 8 of Act 750 which gave way for the exclusion of the Voters ID Card, Drivers Lincense and Baptismal Certificate as a valid registration requirements, an amendment which in their statement was passed by the Parliament of Ghana.
The NIA also refuted the allegation that it had suppressed registration in NDC strongholds and referred to the allegations as untrue. It however stated that it’s operational planning was based on population statistics of each region obtained from the Ghana Statistical Service.
It further her stated that it had plans to undertake mop-up in 5 regions where the registration recorded low turnouts and registration to improve on the numbers. The stated regions included Upper East, Upper West, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions.
Story by Stephen Nani