The National Identification Authority (NIA) has said it will begin the issuance of 3,875,441 printed Ghana cards to successful applicants at 5,635 registration centres nationwide from Monday, June 8, 2020, to Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
The NIA will be issuing the cards in time for the Electoral Commission’s compilation of a new voters’ register ahead of the 2020 general elections. Per the directives of the Electoral Commission (EC), it plans of making the Ghana Card and the passports the only two forms of valid identification requirements for registering onto the new voters’ compilation.
“This nationwide card issuance blitz will enable 11,062,850 Ghanaians to possess Ghana Cards in good time to be used for vouching for their relatives or other Ghanaians who wish to register during the nationwide Mop-Up registration exercise commencing on 18th June 2020 and ending in mid-September 2020.” It will also enable persons in possession of the Ghana Card to use it for other mandatory purposes stated in the National Identity Register Regulation, 2012 (LI 2111), including registering as a voter and vouching for others as Ghanaians,” the authority noted.
Preparation ahead of the exercise
The authority has also disclosed that adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided for use by the NIA’s field officers during the distribution exercise.
“In addition, security personnel will be deployed at each Registration Centre to ensure that crowd control measures such as physical distancing and appointment system are strictly observed,” it added.
It further added that applicants attending the various NIA card collection centres will be required to be in their face masks and wash their hands before beginning the card collection process.
Below is the full NIA’s press release