NPP cautions public against moves to disenfranchise voters

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is cautioning the general public against some unscrupulous persons who are demanding Voter ID cards in return for all kinds of promised services.

A statement signed by the Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akomea, said those being asked to produce their voters ID cards include unpaid nurses in the Ashanti region; to facilitate the payments, while farmers in Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions are being requested to submit their cards before being registered for fertilizer allocation.

The statement added that in most of the cases, the information on the Voter’s ID cards is copied or the cards are not returned at all.

According to the NPP, reports indicate people are offered GH₵50 in return for submitting their ID cards.

Below is the full statement by the NPP

Reports coming in from many parts of Ghana indicate that many Ghanaians are being asked to present their Voters’ ID cards in return for all kinds of promised services.

The reports indicate that those being asked to produce their voters cards include; unpaid nurses in Ashanti region being asked to produce their voters ID cards to facilitate the payments; farmers in Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions being requested to submit their voters id cards before being registered for fertilizer allocation; market women being promised loans only when they submit their voters I.D cards; voters in Cape Coast being asked to submit their cards for safe keeping in other to secure their re-registration, etc.

In many cases especially in Accra, reports indicate people are offered GHC50 in return for submitting their ID cards.

In all these reported instances, information on the Voters’ I.D card is copied or the cards are not returned at all.

The NPP is at a loss as to why voters ID cards of innocent Ghanaians are demanded before a public service is rendered to them.

In many of these reports, a temporary makeshift office is erected under a tree for the purpose of receiving the Voters ID cards.

In the absence of any tangible explanation, the NPP urges voters to refuse any request from any quarters to submit their Voters ID cards.

The NPP strongly advice voters that they may be disenfranchised or lose the right to vote if they give out their ID cards.