The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says he may lose his seat if he registers for the Ghana card.
According to him, his constituents will not be happy with him since a number of them may not be issued the cards over lack of passports and birth certificates to prove their Ghanaian citizenship.
â€œWe are raising genuine concerns. As Members of Parliament, we are raising concerns of our constituents. I tell you that, if me, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, North Tongu MP goes and register and I go back to North Tongu, Iâ€™m not coming back to Parliament. Because they [constituents] will say that Iâ€™ve gone to do an elitist thing and left them behind when they donâ€™t have passports or birth certificates,â€ he added on Citi TVâ€™s morning show, Breakfast Daily on Wednesday.
The Minority in Parliament has mounted pressure on the National Identification Authority (NIA) to include the voterâ€™s ID card as a proof of Ghanaian citizenship for the issuance of the Ghana card, but the NIA is adamant.
The Minority, as a result, boycotted the registration for parliamentarians which have since ended.
Currently, the NIA only accepts a passport or a birth certificate as proof of citizenship per the law that regulates their work.
But the Minority said about 20 millions of Ghanaians may not be able to register due to the stringent identification requirement.
Ablakwa on Breakfast Daily insisted that he will not register for the card if the NIA fails to address the Minorityâ€™s concerns he said are â€œgenuine.â€
â€œThis country people go and apply for passports only when there is a trip to make. When they are not traveling they donâ€™t see the essence of having a passport,â€ he added.