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Why Should Birth Cert Not Be Proof Of Citizenship? – Netizen Fumes

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Why Should Birth Cert Not Be Proof Of Citizenship? – Netizen Fumes



For sometime now, leaders of the ruling New Patriotic Party () and the main opposition party, National Democratic Congress () have shared divergent views on the recent ruling on as no proof of Ghanaian citizenship.

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Reacting to this, a social media user in the person of Chris Kelvin has bemoaned the twisted events. The netizen revealed this on his Facebook wall.

Chris Kelvin wrote;

“My Birth Certificate. My birth certificate indicates my name, names of my parents and their nationality. Ordinarily, issuance of a certificate is a process including filling of a form and vetting same. The actual issuance of a birth certificate by the registrar of Births and Deaths is a conclusive evidence of who the certificate says the one to whom it is issued to is.

If a birth certificate issued in Ghana to a child born in Ghana to Ghanaian parents or parent is not capable of identifying whether or not the person or child is a Ghanaian, then a is just a glorified birth certificate notwithstanding the fact that it is only issued to a citizen.

What is the role of a birth certificate in NIA registration? Simply to prove citizenship.
What is the role of a birth certificate in application for a passport? Simply to prove citizenship.

So how can this primary document be downgraded when it comes to determination of citizenship?”

What’s your take on this?


C. A. Asante

C. A. Asante is a teacher (Village Teacher) by profession who has reported on a number of elections in Ghana for Central Press Newspaper. He is known among his peers as a researcher and regular contributor in Education, Politics, etc. Follow : Instagram- @ chris_asante1...Facebook: CA Asante

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