National Identification Authority (NIA) has called on politicians to desist from ‘needlessly’ politicising the national registration exercise fraught with delays.
The Chief Executive Officer of NIA, Prof. Ken Attafuah, singled out the deputy general secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who claimed ‘massive fraud’ in the process to grant Ghanaians a biometric identity to access several social services for caution.
Peter Otokunor at a press conference on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 alleged, the exercise was to help the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) rig the 2020 general elections.
He made the claim following the confrontation of NIA officers caught registering persons at a private residence in the night at Awudome in Accra when they were supposed to be closed for the day.
Prof. Attafuah urged the public to be vigilant and report NIA officers where a person has reason to believe an offence is being committed.
But expressing disappointment, the NIA Chief Executive said the incident cannot “by any stretch of anyone’s imagination on the planet constitute massive fraud.”
He warned against “exaggerative” reports and called for a “hygienic conversation” on the process and challenges the Authority faces instead of linking the President in an effort to “unnecessarily” politicise the exercise.
Prof. Ken Attafuah however held out the 2020 NDC flag-bearer John Mahama’s call for investigations into the incident as an example of how stakeholders should conduct themselves.
The Chief Executive conceded, the exercise had experienced frustrating delays, some due to slow internet connectivity, meandering and monstrously long queues.
He pleaded with Ghanaians to cooperate with the Authority by also helping to weed out any foreigner who attempts to obtain a Ghana Card which is a criminal offence.
Ken Attafuah revealed three persons had been arrested and were standing trial for various infractions.
They included a Nigerian posing as a Ghanaian.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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