The Ghana Card won’t be used to cast a ballot in the general elections of 2024, according to EC boss Jean Mensa.
She claimed that the Commission only intends to use the ID for voter registration purposes.
“Mr. Speaker, I wish to emphasise that the Ghana card will not be used to vote in the 2024 elections, the Ghana Card is only a requirement to register as a voter,” she said in Parliament.
“Once you present your Ghana card and successfully register as a voter, you will be issued with a voter’s identification card which bears the code of your region, your district, your electoral area and the name of your polling station, the Ghana card does not have these features and therefore it will not be used to vote in the 2024 general elections,” Jean Mensah stated.
We do not intend to disenfranchise persons who qualify to vote”.
“It is in our interest to register them. It is will be an antithesis to deny any Ghanaian the right to vote,” she pointed out.
“However”, we equally have the responsibility to ensure that only qualified Ghanaians are found in the voters’ register”.
“We owe this responsibility to Ghanaians and we will work to uphold that.”
She claimed that by doing this, children and non-citizens will be prevented from secretly registering.
She continued by saying that by using the Ghana Card as the only form of identity during the registration process, the guarantor system for voter registration will be totally abolished.
She believes that the guarantee system is open to misuse.