Ghana Card registration can go on – Court throws out COVID-19 suit

NIA boss, Professor Ken Attafuah

The Accra High Court has dismissed an application seeking to injunct the ongoing Ghana Card registration in the Eastern Region.

The court ruled Friday that the registration exercise being carried out by the NIA does not contradict the ban on all gatherings.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed a ban on all gatherings, including funerals and conferences.

The directive forms part of measures to curb the growing spread of the coronavirus across the country.

Two private citizens – Kevow Mark-Oliver and Emmanuel Akumatey Okrah, sued the NIA over its registration exercise in the Eastern Region. They argued the registration contradicts the President’s directive.

But the court presided over by Justice Anthony Oppong held the president’s directive did not bring all businesses across the country to a standstill.

The NIA can go ahead with its registration despite the apparent threat posed by the COVID-19, the court held.

To safeguard the interest of Ghanaians, the judge directed the NIA to observe basic protocols such as social distancing, in the conduct of its exercise.

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