A Convention People’s Party (CPP) government will introduce a national identification system within six months of coming into office, the party’s flagbearer has announced.
Ivor Kobina Greenstreet added that the implementation of the system will be done entirely by local personnel.
He made this known on Tuesday, June 28, when he took the seat at the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Evening Encounter in Accra.
The 2016 CPP Presidential Candidate is the second flagbearer to mount the stage this year after People’s National Convention’s Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama.
Addressing the audience at the Alisa Hotel, Mr Greenstreet outlined the benefits of a national ID system.
“It will ensure better credit rating. It will save millions from multiple agencies doing the same job. It will provide better statistics. It will allow us to have an addressing system, help widen the tax net and facilitate e-commerce.”
He said the use of indigenous Ghanaians to develop the software will amount to the creation of jobs for locals.
He also underscored how such a system will put paid to controversies surrounding the country’s voters’ register.
“It will help with our electoral register.”
Mr Greenstreet expressed hope that the CPP will win this year’s elections, having prayed and fasted with Muslims during the Ramadan.
“And for those doubting Thomases who for a moment do not believe that it is going to happen, let me tell them that rest assured, the ways of man are not the ways of God, Insha Allah.”
He expressed frustration as to why the presidential palace, the Flagstaff House, is not disability friendly.
He suggested that planners perhaps did not foresee that a president of Ghana would be physically challenged and would find such a ramp, for instance, beneficial.
The legal practitioner asked Ghanaians not to waste their votes on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in this year’s elections.
Nothing can be worse than voting for the NDC or the NPP, he stressed.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana