press statement released by the National Communications Authority reveals the High Court in Accra has ruled in favour of the National Communications Authority (NCA) in a case filed by nine applicants in relation to the ongoing Sim Registration Exercise.
The case was presided over by His Lordship Justice Charles Edward Ekow Baiden on Monday 21st November 2022.
Since the inception of the SIM card registration, Ghanaians have been vehemently against this directive from Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu due to various reasons.
The applicants pleaded with to court to;
1. Strike out the SIM registration deadline and related sanctions.
2. Declare the NCA’s directive which mandates that Ghanaians register their SIM cards using the Ghana card as the only form of identification and subject them to positive measures if they fail to register by the specified deadline, null and valid.
The application followed the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation’s extension of the deadline for SIM card registration to 30th September 2022 and the subsequent declaration of punitive measures.
As part of the ruling case, the Court held that ;
1. The NCA has a full legal mandate to conduct the SIM registration exercise.
2. The NCA has not exceeded its powers or breached the national justice principle as there have been sufficient extensions of the deadlines for the registration exercise.
3. The National Identity Register, 2012. Registration 7 of 112111 gives the NCA power to limit the National Identity document for the purpose of SIM registration to the Ghana Card Only.
4. Dictates of national security and the need to prevent crime make it imperative that the NCA undertakes the SIM registration exercise.
The later part of the press release reminded all Ghanaians that the SIM registration exercise is still ongoing and consumers who have not yet registered their SIM Cards are entreated to do so to prevent future inconvenience.