General News of Thursday, 14 June 2018
Policy think tank, Strategic Thinkers Network-Africa (STRANEK-Africa), has sued the National Identification Authority (NIA) and the Attorney-General on the removal of the Voter ID card as an identity document required before a person can obtain Ghana citizenship card.
The think tank is invoking the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Ghana and seeking five reliefs.
STRANEK-Africa in its writ is seeking a declaration that, upon a proper interpretation of Articles 6 and 42, of the 1992 constitution, a person with a Voter’s ID card has passed the citizen requirement.
The think tank is also seeking a declaration that upon a proper interpretation of Article 42, the ‘’purported removal from the National Identity Register (Amendment) Act 2017, Act 950, the Ghana voter’s from the identity documents required before a person can obtain the Ghana citizenship card is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.’’
STRANEK-Africa is also seeking a ‘’declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the constitution specifically Article 6 of the 1992 constitution, proof of citizenship should not be limited by the provisions of the National Identity Register (Amendment) Act, 2017, Act 950.’’
According to STRANEK-Africa, the court will settle the matter by interpreting who qualifies to be a citizen of Ghana.
The think tank is also seeking ‘’an order directed at the 2nd Defendant to included the Ghana Voter’s card as one of the identity document for the purposes of acquiring the Ghana Citizenship card,’’ and ‘’any other order or others as the,’’ the apex court will deem fit in the circumstances.’’
The Defendants are the Attorney General and National Identification Authority (NIA).