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Mass registration for Ghana Card to continue in the Eastern Region

BY: Irene Narh-Saam
The Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Professor Ken Attafuah
The Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Professor Ken Attafuah

The mass registration exercise for the Ghana Card in the Eastern Region is to resume on Thursday, June 18, 2020, and end on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

The exercise was halted on March 21, 2020, due to measures rolled out to contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country.

A statement by the National Identification Authority (NIA), the body in charge of the exercise, however, said the issuance of cards which began on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 5,635 registration centres nationwide is set to continue till Thursday, June 18, 2020. 

According to the NIA, nearly 800,000 Ghanaians have received the Ghana card since the re-commencement of the exercise last Wednesday and about 3,934,073 more who could not receive theirs during the mass registration could do so.

"By the end of the exercise on 18th June 2020, over 11 million Ghanaians will possess the Ghana Card which they may use for social, economic and political purposes", the statement stated.

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The authority has also urged all individuals who have registered but have not received their Cards to go to their registration centres to pick up their cards.

Things needed for the pick-up

According to the authority, one was expected to present the application form, the printout or a receipt that was given at the time of registration or provide relevant information to be cross-checked against his/her photograph and personal details contained in a Registration Centre Album.

Originally the Authority had insisted one would need biometric verification to pick up the card, however that requirement has been shelved without any explanation.

Persons with concerns about the card issuance process may contact NIA on Whatsapp number, 0205044793 or call 0302-738-333 and 0242438615.