The National Identification Authority (NIA), is beginning a mass registration and issuance of the long-awaited national identification cards, popularly known as Ghana Card, on Monday, November 5, 2018.

The exercise is expected to start in the Adentan constituency in Accra after several complaints from the public about the NIA’s delay with the process which started in June 2018.

From June 2018, selected institutions and state agencies including the Parliament of Ghana, the Presidency and the Judiciary Service were registered and issued the card.


The NIA has so far issued over 80,000 cards within the last four months, mostly to workers of the state institutions.

Speaking on the Accra based Citi FM’s breakfast show, the Director of Public Affairs at the NIA, Francis Palmdeti stated the delay in the registration process was due to insufficient Commissioners of Oath but a lot more has been brought on board to facilitate the quick flow of the process.

“We realized that the Commissioners of Oath available were not adequate for our work due to the number we will deploy across the country to be at all the centres to assist in the registration.”

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Going further, Palmdeti gave certain procedures registrants are expected to follow at the various registration centres.

“We require that, when a person doesn’t have the necessary documents, a relative who has already registered or two people who know you and can attest that you do not have the documents must also vouch for you under oath.”

“The NIA will use the various polling stations of the Electoral Commission to undertake the registration process.”

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From Adentan, it will continue to other areas in Accra then to the Volta, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Western, Ashanti, Eastern, Western and Central regions in that order.

The exercise is expected to last for two months in the Ashanti Region and one month in each of the remaining eight regions.



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