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NDC DEMANDS INDEPENDENT AUDIT OF NEWLY COMPILED VOTERS’ RE …

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) wants an immediate independent audit of the newly compiled voter’s register.

This comes after the chairperson of the Electoral Commission Jean Mensa revealed that there are still foreigners and minors on the newly compiled voters’ register.

The party argues that the audit will check deduplication and multiple registration issues recorded in the register.

Addressing a press conference at the NDC’s headquarters in Accra on Thursday, August 13, 2020, the party’s Director of Election, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, said details of the multiple registrations should be made available to all political parties.

Expressing doubt,  Elvis Afriyie Ankrah  on the ticket of the NDC argued that it’s impossible for a biometric system to record multiple registration.

According to him, the move by the EC to delete such names are politically motivated.

“In fact, the EC needed to replace its system with a more robust system, including the introduction of facial recognition technology. No one has said anything about facial recognition again. When they [EC] speak these days, they don’t talk about it. Technically, any credible Biometric Verification System is able to detect duplicate registration in real-time and address the same. So it beats our imagination that this registration in the midst of a deadly pandemic, people will move from one registration centre to another to engage in multiple registrations”.

“Why would they do that? If there are any records of multiple registrations, the EC may have to examine the causes internally because we are reliably informed that the EC’s own system is defective and therefore deduplicates registrants by itself so they should look internally at their systems and processes. That is why we are calling for an independent audit of the entire register in relation to multiple registrations and details of all the multiple registrations on the register should be made available to the political parties for verification. We are highly suspicious of this move because we are aware the management of the EC has transferred almost all the experienced IT experts at the Headquarters to the various regions for very strange reasons”,  he said.

Mr. Ankrah further called for the prosecution and arrest of New Patriotic Party and EC officials who were involved in some clashes at Banda during the voter registration exercise.

“While Akufo-Addo closed our borders and was using the military and his vigilante groups to prevent eligible Ghanaians from registering, the NPP Parliamentary Candidate and executives in the Banda constituency were busily colluding with the EC officials to register foreigners who have no place on our register”.

“Our [NDC] vigilant agents spotted the Ivorians who came in a truck with an Ivorian registrant number and tried to stop them from registering but they were advised to rather challenge them to avoid any violence. We are therefore calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the known persons involved in it”.

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