The National Identification Authority (NIA) has announced that it is ready to issue out the newly printed Ghana Cards to the public. The printing process and issuance of cards were halted due to debts it owed some partners, resulting in the printing of some 542, 529 cards being stalled. However, the authority has indicated that it is now ready to print and issue out the backlog of Ghana Cards.
For citizens to retrieve their Ghana Cards, the NIA has provided the following steps to follow:
Step 1: Visit the Regional or District Office where you registered for the Ghana Card.
Step 2: An NIA official will verify your identity.
Step 3: Your Ghana Card will be issued to you after confirming your identity.
The National Identification Authority held on to the printing and issuance of cards due to debts it owed its partners. However, recent reports from the authority indicate that it is ready to print and issue out the Ghana Card. There has been a printed backlog of about 542,529 cards sent to the various regional and district offices for collection.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has put before Parliament a Constitutional Instrument (C.I), seeking to make the Ghana Card the sole proof of identification for voter registration for the 2024 general election and subsequent elections. This move is aimed at reducing the incidence of double voter registration, which has been a challenge in Ghana’s elections.
The NIA is therefore urging Ghanaians who have not yet received their Ghana Cards to visit their respective district or regional offices to collect them. For the most part, the process is simple and straightforward, requiring just a visit to the registration office and identity verification.