Government secures funds for over 3m Ghana Cards

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According to Ken Ofori-Atta, the finance minister, an arrangement has been made with CalBank for a GH100 million fund to guarantee the release of the more than 3 million Ghana Cards that are held in secured storage.

The Ghana Cards have been withheld from the National Identification Authority (NIA) because a private firm involved in the deal is due GH100 million, according to information released by the NIA earlier this week, even though there are cards and the personnel to continue the printing process.

“We have agreed to a GH¢100 million facility to ensure that the 3.2 million cards are released,” Mr Ofori-Atta told Parliament on Tuesday, adding that “GH¢80 million has been deposited, and the remaining GH¢20 million will be paid by this evening.”

The Ghana Card will be the only form of identity accepted for voter registration prior to the 2024 elections, according to Electoral Commission (EC) boss Jean Mensa.

According to Madam Jean Mensa, who briefed Parliament on the proposed constitutional document for the upcoming general elections, the C.I. aims to encourage continuous voter registration and will permit an all-year-round registration of qualified voters at its district offices.


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