The National Identification Authority (NIA) has extended the Ghana card registration exercise in the Volta Region by three weeks.
The exercise which ended in the region on August 14 will commence again on August 29 until September 18.
Francis Palmdeti, the Corporate Communications Director at the NIA, Francis indicated that a lot of people, especially those in densely-populated areas are yet to be registered, hence the extension.
“The authority has decided to do a mop-up in the Volta Region and that mop-up will start on August 29 and end on September 18, the reason for the mop-up is to register persons in areas where we did not spend much time registering people. We noticed that quite a number of people were left out and also in densely populated areas we realised that there were still lots of people who are yet to be captured.
“The Volta Region is the first region after the Greater Accra Region to have the mass registration exercise which commenced in the region on July 22, 2019 however, many prospective applicants faced several difficulties in their quest to register for the Ghana card in the region including network challenges, frequent breakdown of machines, long queues among others,” Mr Palmdeti conceded.
The executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the region raised concerns and filed complaints at the National Identification Authority for explanations with regards to the hindrances and they also demanded an extension of the exercise.
Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the National Director of Elections of the NDC, at a press conference on the matter alleged that the challenges were a deliberate ploy by the Authority and the government to prevent people from registering but the Authority denied the allegation. -citinewsroom.com