The chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa has said the Ghana Card will not be used to vote in the 2024 elections.
She said the Ghana Card is only a requirement to register as a voter and not meant for voting.
Mensa, however, stated that making the Ghana Card the sole document for voter registration will enhance the credibility of Ghana’s electoral register.
She said it will also prevent minors and foreigners from getting onto the electoral register to vote.
Briefing Parliament on Tuesday (28 February), Mensa said, “The use of only Ghana Card will ensure and guarantee the credibility of the register and elections, prevent enrolment of minors, prevent foreigners from voting, eliminate the guarantor system which is prone to abuse.”
“Mr Speaker, I wish to emphasise that the Ghana Card will not be used to vote in the 2024 elections. The Ghana Card is only a requirement to register as a voter,” the EC chair said.
She added, “Once you present your Ghana Card and successfully register as a voter, you will be issued with a voter identification card which bears the code of your region, district, electoral area and the name of your polling station; the Ghana Card does not have these features and, therefore, will not be used to vote in the 2024 general elections.”
“We do not intend to disenfranchise persons who qualify to vote. It is in our interest to register them. It is will be an antithesis to deny any Ghanaian the right to vote,” the EC chair added.
Mensa added, “However, we equally have the responsibility to ensure that only qualified Ghanaians are found in the voters’ register. We owe this responsibility to Ghanaians and we will work to uphold that.”