Bawumia announces Ghana Card numbers for new borns; real card to be issued at age 6
- Bawumia has announced that all newborn babies birthed in Ghana will have a Ghanacard number
- The actual Ghana card will be issued when the child's biometrics are fully formed after the age of 6
- Bawumia said the decision forms part of digital reforms being undertaken at the Births and Deaths Registry
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Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that all newborn babies birthed in Ghana will have a Ghanacard number within a few months.
Dr. Bawumia said the actual card will be issued when the child is above age 6 when the biometrics are fully formed.
In a report filed by Starrnews.com, Bawumia said this forms part of digital reforms being undertaken at the Births and Deaths Registry.
This, he said would make it more in tune with the times and provide better-protected information on the citizens and residents of Ghana.
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He made this known while addressing the topic: “Transforming an economy through digitalization: The Ghana story.”
Ghanacard to soon become electronic passport to 197 countries
Meanwhile, speaking at the same event, Bawumia has revealed that the Ghanacard will soon become an electronic passport for all Ghanaians.
According to Bawumia, the newest function of the Ghanacard, will be used as an e-passport for Ghanaian citizens traveling back home.
Bawumia said the passport, which will have embedded microchip carrying information about the holder, can be read and verified in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) complaint borders.
Ghana Card to replace Voters ID
In January 2020, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia revealed that the Ghana Card would soon erase all arguments about the use of voters’ register for elections in the country.
According to Bawumia, the card would automatically replace the voters’ ID since the Electoral Commission (EC) would extract details of all those who have turned eighteen and above.
He, however, indicated that the completion of the National Identification database will also save the nation money.
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