The second Vice Chairman for Suame Constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Richard Asante, has described the minority caucus in Parliament as ‘legislative hypocrites with bad faith.’
This follows the Minority’s decision to disassociate itself from the registration and issuance of the Ghana Card.
According to him, the minority has no legal capacity to take the National Identification Authority (NIA) to court for any declaration.
In an interview with The Probe, Mr. Asante said that “since the minority played its role in the passage of the bill, into law, the law forbears such members from suing on an issue of which they have already [conscientiously] agreed upon.”
He described the minority’s decision to boycott the registration exercise as evil-minded.
“They are seeking their parochial interest with 2020 parliamentary and presidential elections in mind,” he said.
According to Mr. Asante, the use of birth certificate or passport as a proof of citizenship is laudable and should be accepted by all since majority of Ghanaians including minors have birth certificates.
He said even persons without birth certificate or passport have another opportunity to register by producing two people to attest to their nationality.
“The minority’s decision to hide behind a group to sue the NIA will not materialized since no court of competent jurisdiction will entertain such suit. Majority of Ghanaians absolutely know that the voter ID card is not reliable and credible to be used as a proof of nationality,” Mr. Asante added.
By O. Y. Addofoh|Theprobegh.com|Ghana