NIA Starts Registration In Upper East

Bertha Dzeble

Bertha Dzeble

The first phase, which would last for 10 days, would cover communities that fall under Zone One in the Upper East region.

The exercise in Zone One, which is made up of Bongo, Bolgatanga, Builsa North and South, Kassena-Nankana East and West districts, would end on Sunday, August 24, 2013.

The second phase of the mass registration, which covers communities under Zone Two, would start from Monday September 2, 2013 and end on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Zone Two comprises Bawku East, Bawku West, Garu-Tempane and Talensi-Nabdam districts.

A total of 700 biometric machines, operating officers, as well as other registration officials, have been stationed in districts that fall under Zone One.

The Authority said measures had been put in place to ensure smooth and continuous registration of the people across all centers.

The authority expressed optimism that majority of the people in the region would be registered at the end of the exercise.

Head of Public Affairs of the National Identification Authority, Bertha Dzeble said the Upper East region has been divided into two zones to ensure the efficient registration of many people.

Ms Dzeble advised the public to desist from multiple registrations, stressing that offenders could be arrested and prosecuted.

At an earlier press briefing in Bolgatanga, Ms Dzeble disclosed that the National Identification Authority had uncovered 91,000 multiple registration cases.

She stressed that the cases are being investigated and that those who would be found culpable would be handed over to the Police.

‘It is illegal to engage in double registration and offenders could be sentenced to a prison term or fined 2500 penalty units. One penalty unit is GH¢12.00. If you register and for example the picture is not nice, you need not go back and register again,’ Ms Dzeble warned.

Queues were formed at most registration centers that were visited by DAILY GUIDE in Bolgatanga around 10am.

Officials were seen taking people through the registration process.

After about an hour and half, the rains disrupted the registration process, and the officials struggled to carry the equipment.

Many people are expected to take part in the exercise in the coming days.

From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga

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