Whatsup News has gathered that the Attorney General’s Department (AG) has today (March 25, 2020) filed a Certiorari application at the Supreme Court to squash A High Court’s injunction slapped on the controversial mass National Identifications card registration being conducted by the National Identification Authority (NIA).
A Certiorari application means an application seeking a judicial review of a decision of a lower court by a higher court. Details of the application is still sketchy.
In what has been described as a dangerous move amidst the highly contagious Covid-19 coronavirus, Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Deputy Attorney General On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, argued passionately for the High Court to allow the NIA to mass up Ghanaians for the Ghana Card registration exercise.
In a statement of case filed on behalf of the AG’s office, Godfred Yeboah Dame argued in court that it will be an “irremediable harm which can never be occasioned by the respondents by the grant of this application” if the court does not allow the NIA to risk Covid-19 on unsuspecting citizens and mass them up to register for the Ghana Card.
According to the Deputy AG, the risk of exploding the transmission rate of Covid-19 during the registration exercise is not as important as the possibility of Ghanaians missing out on the Ghana Card registration.
His position betrays widespread speculations that the Akufo Addo government was conniving with the Electoral Commission (EC) to use the NIA cards as a trump card needed to favour for the governing party during controversial voters’ registration exercise for the December 2020 general elections.
In desperation to stop the fast-spreading coronavirus, the Akufo Addo administration had issued a war-time directive that barred gatherings of more than 25 Ghanaians at a particular location.
However, the posture of the AG completely contradicts the impression created by the government that it was desperately trying to limit human-to-human interactions to contain the “wildfire” contagion of Covid-19 in Ghana.
Meanwhile, the Chief Imam and the Christain cleric Bishop Charles Agyin Asare are the latest renowned personalities that have warned the NIA to abandon the uncompromising stance to cause a mass gathering of Ghanaians for the Ghana Card registration.
“Somebody must tell them, whoever is in charge, and if they don’t listen, then the president must call them to order…“It’s a matter we should all add our voices and speak to the President to use his power to order the NIA to stop or journalists should speak up and say for all that you are doing if we do not survive, it is of no use,” the Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheik Aremeyaw Shaibu was quoted as saying.
Bishop Asare, who is the founder of Perez Chapel International has warned that the NIA’s stubbornness should not be tolerated.