The general secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it will be at the losing end if the National Identification Authority (NIA) goes ahead to do a mop-up exercise without embarking on another mass registration of Ghanaians for the Ghana card.
Mr. John Boadu told journalists on the sidelines of an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting at the Electoral Commission on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 that: “I disagree with the position that they [NIA] will do a mop-up [exercise] in some few areas they think they were unable to do”.
“And, if I want to be political about it, if you consider the number of people who have not yet received their cards – Central Region, Ashanti Region, Eastern Region and Greater Accra alone constitute about 68% of those who have not received their cards yet”, he asserted.
“All the other regions, the 12 regions, constitute just around 32%”, Mr Boadu noted, arguing: “So, if you want to talk about connivance with the NIA to disenfranchise people, we, the NPP, will lose a lot”.
“So, if you have four of our strongholds constituting 68%, who should be complaining? It is us, the NPP, who should be complaining”.
“If you take these four regions in question, we have 45% of the total population who have not yet been registered. To the extent that about one million people in the Ashanti Region have not been registered.
“So, any attempt by the NIA to do a mop-up without doing a mass registration will not sit well with us”.
“For anybody to think that we are rather in connivance with NIA begs the question. I don’t think that they even understand what they are talking about.”
Source : Tvnewsgh.com