Fact check: EC did not issue voter’s ID to Asian man

Fact check: EC did not issue voter’s ID to Asian man

- The Electoral Commission of Ghana has denied registering a non-Ghanaian

- The commission says it did not issue a voter’s identification (ID) card to an Asian man

- Ghana's electoral laws do not allow foreigners to register to own a voter ID card

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The voter’s ID card of the Asian man has been making the rounds on social media and on WhatsApp platforms.

A fact check by YEN.com.gh indicates that the said ID card is fake and was not issued by the Electoral Commission of Ghana.

From our assessment and checks, it is obvious that the voter ID card is an alteration of an original one – it was photo shopped.

Fact check: EC did not issue voter’s ID to Asian man
Fact check: EC did not issue voter’s ID to Asian man. Source: Facebook/Electoral Commission, Ghana
Source: Facebook

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All photos on the EC’s card have a blue background, yet in what appears to be a photoshopped ID card, the background of the photograph with the Asian male is cream.

The electoral body has also subsequently, in a statement issued on Thursday, 16 July, denied ever issuing an ID card to any Asian person as is being suggested on social media.

In its statement, the commission said the card with the ID number: 2809012504 was not issued to an Asian man.

According to the commission the card was originally issued to Nana Kweku Okai Brako and have further said: “We call on the public to disregard it.”

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Meanwhile, the commission says it is working with the police to ascertain how the card belonging to Nana Kweku Okai Brako was photo shopped and circulated.

Every citizen of Ghana who is eighteen years of age or above and is of sound mind has the right to vote and is entitled to be registered as a voter for the purposes of public elections and referendum.

The commission's act stipulates that a person who is a citizen of Ghana; is of 18 years of age or above; is of sound mind; is a resident or ordinarily a resident in an electoral area; and is not prohibited by any law in force from registering as a voter.

The law states that only such a person is entitled to have his/her name included in a register of voters for the electoral area during a period set aside for the registration of voters.

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