Government acts timeously on dual Citizenship applications – Kunbuor

Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor

Dual citizenship applications received by Government are timeously dealt with when relevant documents are submitted for processing, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, Minister for Interior told Parliament on Tuesday.

He said when the applicant failed to provide the correct documentation the Ministry normally contacted the applicants for rectification in order to fast track the processing.

Dr Kunbuor said this when he answered questions on the floor of Parliament about why it takes more than six months for dual citizenship applications to be processed.

He said some of the delays were due to the fact that the applicants were not resident in Ghana, adding that in that case it took longer time for the Ministry to get a reply from them to enable it to work on their applications.

Dr Kunbuor said in some instances the applicants failed to respond on time or to provide the needed information to carry on the process.

He said where reliable contact numbers were not provided by applicants, the Ministry apart from writing had to wait on applicants to follow up on their applications to be able to request for the needed documentation. This, he noted, also account for the delays in the processing of some applications.

Dr Kunbuor also explained that citizenship status in Ghana is stated in Article 6 of the 1992 Constitution and by the Citizenship Act 591, adding that nobody had ever been refused citizenship status by the Government.

Source: GNA

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