High court to hear case against NIA’s Ghana Card registration today

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An Accra High Court on Friday, March 27 would commence hearing of an application of injunction filed against the National Identification Authority (NIA) over its registration exercise in the Eastern Region.

Meanwhile, the court has granted the State an abridgement of
time in relation to the application.

Originally the substantive was to be heard on April 9, this
year but following the grant of the abridgement of time, hearing of the interim
injunction would commence tomorrow.

The court presided over by Justice Anthony Oppong in
granting the application for abridgement was to expedite the action because the
matter boarded on human rights.

It, therefore, directed counsels to be prepared to move
their applications and affidavits in opposition on Friday, March 27.

Two persons through their lawyers had filed an injunction
application arguing that the registration exercise by the NIA was in breach of
the President’s directives and a violation of their fundamental human rights.

Mr. Godfred Dame Yeboah, the Deputy Attorney General
contended that the NIA had not violated the President’s ban on public
gathering.

He held that the functions of the NIA were part of the class
of services, businesses and workplaces excluded by the ban imposed by the
President’s directive, noting that applicants have no cause of action in
respect of which an order of interlocutory injunction ought to be dismissed.

On March 23, this year another High Court in Accra placed a
10-day interim injunction on mass registration in the Eastern Region.

Thirty persons also secured a 10-day injunction against the
NIA.

Mr Kevor Mark-Oliver and Emmanuel Akumatey sued the NIA on the grounds that the continuous registration and issuance of the Ghana card in the Eastern Region had the tendency of spreading the COVID-19 pandemics in the country.

The NIA in a press statement had earlier on suspended the
registration in the Eastern Region.



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