The National Identification Authority (NIA) has explained why it decided to first register Parliamentarians, soldiers, police officers and staff of the Judicial Service and Jubilee House before opening the registration to all other Ghanaians.
This is because, all personnel in the security agencies have the required identity documents to get them registered without having to use the services of commissioners of oath, if people were to vouch for them, according to Prof Ken Attafuah, the Executive Secretary of the NIA.
Per the National Identity Register (Amendment) Act, 2017 (Act 950), a person needs to provide either a birth certificate, a valid passport, a valid residence permit, a valid certificate of acquired citizenship before he or she is issued with a Ghana Card.
However, “Per Section 8(2) of Act 750, as amended, where an applicant is unable to submit any of the above-listed documents, the NIA shall require a relative of the applicant to identify the applicant under oath.
Alternatively, where the applicant has no known relatives available, two persons determined by the NIA Board may identify the applicant under oath.
In short, through this vouching process, every eligible applicant who has none of the aforementioned identity documents will be registered and issued with the national identity card, but that will be under an oath supervised by a Commissioner of Oath.
Regarding commissioners of oath, it is the sole statutory prerogative of the Judicial Service of Ghana to train and commission commissioners for oaths.
Indications are that, the preparations for the recruitment and training of commissioners of oath for them to start the work is not completed as the advert for recruitment was published just two weeks ago in the newspapers.
But Prof Attafuah said, the Judicial Service has helped with the recruitment of 2700 Commissioners of Oath for the registration exercise and they are being prepared for the exercise.