Nearly 800,000 Ghanaians have received the national identification cards – the Ghana Card, since the card issuance and mop up registration exercise began last Wednesday, 10th June 2020.


The National Identification Authority (NIA) last week through the Card Issuance exercise, set about to issue cards to those whose data were recorded earlier but had not being issued with a Ghana Card during the mass registration exercise last year.


The exercise is presently being conducted at 5,635 registration centres in all regions across the country and is set to continue till Thursday, 18th June 2020.


This was revealed in a statement issued by the National Identification Authority in Accra on Monday.
According to the statement, he exercise will enable approximately 3,934,073 Ghanaians who could not receive their cards during the mass registration exercise to do so.


The cards are being issued to Ghanaians at the same centres where they registered during the mass registration exercise.


The statement requested all persons who registered but have not received their Ghana Cards are to go to the registration centre where they registered to pick up their cards.


To facilitate a smooth process, the NIA reminded registrants that, to receive the card, one must present the registration application form, the print out or receipt given at the time of registration, or provide other relevant information to be cross-checked against his/her photograph and personal details contained in a Registration Centre Album.


According to the release, by the end of the exercise on 18th June 2020, over 11million Ghanaians will possess the Ghana Card which they may use for social, economic and political purposes.
Out of that number, a total of 10,295,578 Ghanaians will be aged 18 years and over.


The NIA added that it will continue the Mass Registration in Eastern Region which was suspended on 21st March 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


That exercise will take place from 18th – 27th June 2020.


On the mop up exercise, the authority revealed that, NIA will also embark on a mop-up mass registration exercise throughout the country, except in the Eastern Region, from 18th June to 4th September, 2020.


The authority says it expects a total of 16.7million Ghanaians would have been registered and issued with Ghana cards when the mop-up exercise is completed.

By:Isacc Clottey

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