August 10, 2022

Dafeamekpor Analyses National Identity Register Regulation

The Member of Parliament for South Dayi Constituency, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor has in his own analyses interpreted regulation 7 of LI 2111 of the National Register Act.

He titled his analysis “Exposing the Propaganda” in a tweet.

Section 7 (1) of L.I. 2111 (2012), ACT 750 states that “a national identity card issued to an individual shall be used for the following transactions where identification is required: i. Registration of voters; registration of SIM cards”.

In his analysis, the legislator said “the law is clear as to which category of Ghanaians to make a Mandatory demand of the cards from: those issued with the cards & not those yet to be issued”.

He argued that the regulation does not define “mandatory” as the sole.

“Again, Regulation 7 of LI 2111 does not define “Mandatory Use” to mean “Sole Source of ID”. So clearly, “Mandatory Use” is not equal to Sole Source of ID or “Sole Use of ID”.”

He also chipped in Section 8 of the Act which makes provision for persons without the National ID card known as the Ghana Card.

“Per Sec 8(2) of Act 750 as substituted by Sec 3(b) of Act 950, where an Applicant is unable to submit any of the documents specified, the NIA shall require
(a) a Relative of the Applicant to identify the Applicant under Oath; or
(b) Two persons determined by the Governing Board of NIA to identify the applicant under oath, where the applicant has no known relatives”.

Dafeamekpor concluded, “So let the strong-headed EC be reminded that in law, the NIA itself permits the use of the Guarantor System to register qualified Ghanaians”.

Source: Fuseini

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