A Vice President of Imani Africa, Selorm Branttie has indicated that the National Communications Authority (NCA) did poor consultations on the system that was put in place for the SIM re-registration exercise. 

This, in his view, resulted in the use of a flawed and problematic system for the exercise.

Speaking on the News 360 on TV3 Friday September 9, in connection with the suit filed against the decision to block unregistered SIM cards, Mr Branttie said “if this system that was built robust and secure, today, people who had reregistered would not have had the problems they are having.

“It is very clear and right from the very onset that the the system that has been developed and built is flawed and has a lot of problems. This has emanated because of the fact that there has been very poor consultations among the critical stakeholders.”

The NCA and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General have been sued.

The suit, filed at the Supreme Court by Kwame Asare-Obeng (A-Plus), Convener of the Peoples Project and also a political activist, is seeking a “declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Articles 2, 23 and 296 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, the Directive by the Minister for Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, on Sunday, July 31, 2022, that the First Defendant will ensure that all SIM cards that are not re-registered by 30 September 2022, will be blocked while the National Identification Authority (NIA) has not been able to issue the Ghana Cards which is the only card to be used for the said re-registration of all Ghanaians is arbitrary, capricious, amounts to an abuse of discretion and same is unconstitutional, null, void and of no legal effect.

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“A declaration on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 2, 23 and 296 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the defendants are estopped from blocking the SIM cards of Ghanaians who have not been able to re-register their SIM cards until such a time where the NIA is able to issue the Ghana cards to all Ghanaians.”

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have begun blocking unregistered SIM cards since Monday, September 5.

The NCA on Sunday, September 4 released the punitive actions to be taken against unregistered SIM cards.

The ongoing SIM registration exercise is scheduled to end on 30th September 2022.

Persons who fail to register will suffer consequences.

As part of the punitive measures, the NCA said there would be re-routing of all outgoing calls to IVR for a message to be played before all calls go through every day.

Also, outgoing calls and Data Services for a sequential batch of numbers will be blocked for 48 hours (2 days) once a week on a rotational basis.

“Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) shall divide the Unregistered SIMS into five (5) batches for the purpose of implementing this punitive measure.

“These measures shall exclude blocking of SMS to give defaulting subscribers the opportunity to initiate registration if they so wish.

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