NDC Alleges NIA’s Assistance in Rigging 2024 Election in Collaboration with EC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the National Identification Authority (NIA) of collaborating with the Electoral Commission (EC) to manipulate the 2024 general election through data suppression. The allegations stem from the EC’s decision to exclusively use the Ghana Card for voter registration in the upcoming election.

The NDC claims that the NIA is obstructing the registration of Ghana Cards in certain regions by closing down many NIA offices. Mustapha Gbande, Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, expressed concerns that the NIA is charging GHS280 for premium express service in specific regions, contradicting the notion that the Ghana Card should be freely accessible to all citizens.

Gbande stated that the NIA’s actions are hindering Ghanaians from obtaining the Ghana Card and that this deliberate obstruction may lead to data suppression. If the Ghana Card becomes the sole document for voter ID registration, suppressed data could significantly impact the 2024 election.

The NDC further criticized the NIA for commercializing a document that should serve as a public service, particularly at a time when many Ghanaians are facing economic hardships. They argue that the current practices prevent citizens from accessing the Ghana Card, undermining its status as a public document.

The NDC’s concerns highlight the need for transparency and equal access to voter registration processes ahead of the 2024 general election.

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