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Slow Start In National Identification At Tema

THE MUCH-AWAITED National Identification registration for the Tema metropolis entered its second day yesterday with almost all the centres recording a little more than they recorded on the first day, Wednesday November 18, 2009.

The exercise itself, according to some officials at some of the centres, did not start on time on the first day. They were quick to state that the situation was a lot more different on the second day, which saw long queues even before officials settled down for the day’s exercise.

The exercise started two days ago and is expected to end on Saturday, November 28, 2009 with areas such as Dangme East, Dangme West and Ashaiman also carrying out their own within the same time.

Officials at all the centres visited by DAILY GUIDE explained that all Ghanaian citizens and legally or permanent foreigners are qualified to register. The registration covers persons from six years and above.

They further explained that eligible persons are to provide, among others, name, date of birth, place of birth, district of birth and hometown, nationality, educational background, occupation, postal address, house number, street name, parents’ information and spouses information.

Verification of documents, according to the officials, such as baptismal certificates, birth certificates, birth registering cards, voters ID cards, passport, driver’s licences, SSNIT cards, NHIS cards, sworn affidavits, immigration permits, and dual citizenship certificates would be needed.

Fingerprints and photographs as well as signatures would all be taken from prospective applicants so they can have their ID cards processed.

They further explained that persons who fail to possess any of the above mentioned documents could also visit any centre with relatives to identify them under oath. Asked if monies were supposed to be paid by applicants to registration officials, they explained that it is illegal for any of them (officials) to collect money from any person before registering.

He urged members of the public to report to the National Identification Authority or any of the state security agents if such occurrences do take place. Sounding confident, most of them mentioned that a lot of Ghanaians were fond of always responding to calls such as the registering exercises late, they were thus sure that the number would grow as the week gets older.

Concluding, they observed that persons who have visited their centres so far have complied with regulations governing the whole exercise, adding that it has indeed contributed to the smooth take off of the exercise which is expected to last for the next ten days.

Source: dailyguideghana

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