Fulanis in Ghana say they will be disenfranchised because the National Identification Authority refused to register them during the period for the registration and they are also denied the opportunity of getting Passports in Ghana.
According to the Electoral Commission, the only means of identification for the registration for the new voters register is the Ghana Card and the Passport.
In a signed statement from National Secretary Yakubu Musah Barry, Fulanis in Ghana are pleading with the Parliament of Ghana to reconsider the Constitutional Instrument before the House since it has the potential to deprive them the chance to vote as Ghanaians.
The Tabital Pulaaku International Ghana Chapter and Danbaki Royal family representing the entire Fulani Community in Ghana, held several news conferences to voice their concerns in respect of the way and manner the Fulani citizens of Ghana are being discriminated against and eventually denied the acquisition of passports and the NIA cards (Ghana card). Our countless calls and reports have not yet received any national attention. In view of the current debate ongoing in the country with regards to the Constitutional Instrument (CI) laid in Parliament by the Electoral Commission (EC).
“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 a total rejection of the CI”.
The Fulanis in their statement said it will continue to resist attempts by any National Public institution that tries to denationalize Fulanis in Ghana.