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NIA Card Issuance Exercise Rescheduled To June 10


The National Identification Authority (NIA) says it is putting on hold the commencement of its Card Issuance Exercise which was slated for Monday June 8 has been rescheduled to Wednesday June 10, 2020.

According to a statement released and signed by the Head of Corporate Affairs, ACI Francis Palmdeti noted the postponement is part of measures of ensuring that it completes its distributions of PPEs to all Registration Centres.

The statement said “The National Identification Authority (NIA) announces to the general public that its Ghana Card Issuance Exercise scheduled to begin today, Monday 8th June, 2020 in all 16 Regions concurrently has been rescheduled to Wednesday 10th June, 2020 to enable the NIA complete the distribution of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to Registration Centres”

The NIA added that it apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Background

This exercise is a Nationwide registration of cards, the NIA will issue out 3,875,441 printed cards to Ghana card applicants 5,635 registration centres. “The issuance will also enable persons in possession of the Ghana Card to use it for other mandatory purposes stated in the National Identity Register Regulation, 2012 (LI 2111), including registering as a voter and vouching for others as Ghanaians,” the authority noted in a press release issued last Friday, June 5, 2020. NIA expects 11,062,850 Ghanaians to register and get their registration cards on time for the compilation of the new Voters register. The Electoral Commission plans to make the Ghana card and passports the only valid identification cards in Ghana. The NIA informs that, there’s going to be an organized nationwide mop-up registration exercise commence on the 20 June,2020. “Additionally, security personnel will be deployed at each Registration Centre to ensure that crowd control measures such as physical distancing and appointment system are strictly observed,” it added. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided for use by the NIA’s field officers during the exercise. ,they have putting measures in place for protection and also expect all applicants attending the NIA card collection centres to be in their nose mask

Story by: Magdalene Maame Abena Serwaa Asante

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