EC Debunks Claims By Minority Leader On New Voter’s Re …

The Electoral Commission (EC) has rubbished claims by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu,  saying EC has reduce the number of polling stations in the upcoming voters’ registration exercise.

The Minority Leader in press conference had said that, the Electoral Commission (EC) did not understand data synchronization because the Commission had indicated during a meeting that it was not going to rely on the biometric data of citizens captured by the NIA.

He further alleged that, the Electoral Commission (EC) intends to phase out some 6,300 registration centres out of the 33, 000 registration centres across the during the registration exercise.

The meeting was between the Electoral Commission and the Special Budget Committee of Parliament of which the Minority Leader is a member.

But the EC in a statement signed by its Acting Director of Public Affairs, Sylvia Annoh, said, “No such statement was made during the Special Budget Committee sitting on Tuesday.

She said, “for the record, nowhere has the Commission stated that it intends to use the biometric data in NIA’s data base”.

 “Indeed, the recently passed CI to guide the registration of voters, CI 126, does not include provisions to allow for the use of the biometric data of the NIA”, it added.

She explained that the process would rather be phased under a cluster system which meant that “the 33,367 registration centres will be divided into five”.

According the EC, “We have no doubt that members of the Committee would have been in a state of uproar if indeed the EC had made such an assertion. It is difficult to imagine that Members of Parliament will gloss over this decision and not seek clarification from the Commission on a critical subject such as this. Phasing out and reducing the polling stations by 6,780 is not an issue to be taken lightly by anyone let alone our Members of Parliament”.

The statement further indicated that, “From the civil and comprehensive discussions that took place at the meeting, the claims by the Minority Leader are unfortunate. The Commission wishes to thank the members of the Special Budget Committee of Parliament for their continued support and constructive feedback”.

By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / feliciagyasiwaah9 @gmail.com / Ghana / 2020

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