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The PPP lacks understanding of NIA debate – Sam George

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram, Sam Nartey George has slammed the Policy Advisor of the Progressive Peoples Party, (PPP) Kofi Asamoah Siaw for lacking understanding of the issues with regards to the Ghana Card.

Kofi Siaw in a press conference on Tuesday 19th June 2018 stated that the National Identification Authority (NIA) has done nothing wrong by insisting that only passport and birth certificate should be used as documents for registration of the Ghana Card.

According to Mr. Siaw, the Minority at the Committee level in Parliament agreed to the exclusion of the voters ID card and driver’s license as the list the list of documents for the registration, only to turn round to now call for the inclusion of Voter ID, when they had the opportunity to do so at the committee level.

He further lashed the NDC for failing to be the implementers of the initiative considering that they (NDC) as a party have been in power for eight years.

“We become more suspicious especially when in the past the NDC lost 8 years opportunity to fix this problem. We would have been happy to clap for them and if you go back to history we were always on the neck of late President Prof. Mills, and then subsequently President Mahama to issue the card”. He said.

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Citi fm, Mr. Sam George said the PPP should have paid attention to the debate on the Ghana Cards rather than jumping in clueless and uninformed.

Responding to the issues by the PPP, the Ningo-Prampram legislator said, “What had come before parliament that day, was an application by the minister of Monitoring and Evaluation to the committee, that committee should see to the amendment bill under a certificate of emergency” he explained.

He argued that Parliament as a whole together with the executive arm of government, who are the originators of the amendment failed to see the possible conflict between the L(I) and article 42 and 6 of the 1992 constitution, which explicitly states who a Ghanaian is.

The Minority has so far boycotted the exercise and has indicated that until a proper interpretation of Article 42 and sections of the L(I), the minority will not be part of the process.


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