The Deputy Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation hinted of a possible resumption of Ghana Card registration in the Eastern Region by the National Identification Authority (NIA).

He said the Authority will resume registration for Ghana Cards in the Eastern Region after a court in Accra ruled in favour of the authority.

According to William Sabi, although the decision has not been taken yet, it is only natural that they will have to resume work because the court saw nothing wrong with their operations.

“Even though that decision has not been taken I can say that it is very possible that we will go. But we will need to meet and discuss it,” he said.

An Accra High Court on Friday ruled that the NIA is entitled to continue with its work of registering citizens.

Court of Appeal judge Anthony Oppong held that an application by two Ghanaians for an injunction on the process is based on a grievous error and misunderstanding of the President’s social distancing directive. The court then proceeds to dismiss the substantive case as well.

Speaking to JoyNews’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo outside parliament, Mr Sabi said the Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry which supervises the work of the NIA will consult with the management of the authority and a decision will be announced soon.

He explained that the NIA has always taken precautionary measures to ensure adequate social distancing when the exercise was rolled out and so there was no basis for them to stop work.

“As the judgement has come out it means the team will still have to sit down and see whether or not we are going back.

“And if we are going back, how are we going to ensure that we still maintain the measures that are put in place to avoid infections,” he said.

The Deputy Evaluation Minister also downplayed concerns by a section of the public that the ruling in favour of the Authority was politically-motivated.

“It’s coming from the judge. It wasn’t any politician that went to the court to ask them to make the decision in our favour.

“The court sat on the case and judged based on the merit of the case. So if anybody says that we influenced the court in any way, I don’t believe that” Mr Sabi added.