The Fulani Community in Ghana has appealed Parliament of Ghana to reject the Constitutional Instrument (C.I) that has been laid before it by the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana and which spells out the requirements needed for registration by qualified voters.
In a statement, the Fulanis said the C.I. in its current state will disenfranchise them if the election management body insists on the use of only the Ghana Card (being rolled out by the National Identification Authority) and passport as means of proof of citizenship in the upcoming voters registration exercise.
According to the Fulani Community, the National Identification Authority (NIA) refused to register them for the Ghana Card and are also denied the opportunity to acquire passports as Ghanaians.
The statement which was signed by its National Secretary, Yakubu Musah Barry, urged the legislature to critically examine their plea and reject the C.I. before them since it has the potential to disenfranchise them.
“We the entire membership of the Fulani Community in Ghana wish to call on Parliament to reject the CI in its current state. Passing or accepting the CI in its current state amounts to disenfranchising the entire Fulani Community in Ghana. We are adequately informed that the EC is seeking to use only the passport and the NIA Card (Ghana Card) as requirement for registration. We therefore call for the amendment of the CI to include other national documents such as the Birth Certificate, voter ID etc or we call for total rejection of the CI”, the statement in part read.
It added “We the Fulani Community in Ghana would continue to resist any attempt by any National Public Institution that tries to de-nationalize Fulanis in Ghana”.