The Supreme Court as the Apex court of Ghana has ruled that the Ghanaian birth certificate can not be accepted as a primary document as proof of identity of one’s citizenship. A case led in defense by the Attorney General.
Birth certificates in Ghana are issued by the Birth and Death Registry under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development under the legal framework of ACT 301 (1965).
With the pronouncement by the Supreme court, it will be important to ask the significance of the Birth certificate and its relevance to our governing administration as a Nation.
Again the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Passport office would need to tell Ghanaians the basis of one’s birth certificate as a primary document for processing one’s passport.
ACT 301 gives the sole prerogative of the appointment of the Registrar of Birth and Death who administers the issuance of the Birth certificate, to the President of the Republic of Ghana.
It is rather intriguing that the Attorney General would argue against the citizenship validity of the Birth certificate. What would be the legal jurisprudence in making such defends?
Doesn’t this position pose serious questions on the Ghanaian passport as well which drives one’s proof of citizenship with the Birth certificate?
Can we then conclusively state that the State Ghana and the government is admitting failure in establishing the citizenship of Ghanaians? Or is this position only on the issuance of the new Voters ID?
It is important not to set any legal precedence that will pose any further legal impediments on vouching for the citizenship of Ghanaians.
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