The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Mrs Jean Mensa Adukwei, has mounted a spirited defense for the compilation of a new register.
According to her, claims by a section of the public that there has not been a compilation of a new register in an election year is false. She said the EC in 2004 and 2012 which was an election year compiled a new register.
“Indeed in 2012, that was when the biometric technology was introduced to the country,” she said
“At that time, it was new and we didn’t have experiences in it but the Commission felt it was necessary in the interest of strengthening the system to compile a new register.”
Mrs Adukwei Mensa made this known when she addressed leadership of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) on Friday, June 12.
The ceremony was at the instance of TUC.
It comes in the wake of an announcement by the Commission to begin the compilation of the new register from June 30, 2020.
According to some critics, the timing for the compilation of a new register is wrong and it even flouts ECOWAS protocols regarding elections.
The National Democratic Congress with some other political parties such as the People’s National congress being headed by the Bernard by Bernard Monarh have demonstrated so many times against the Electoral Commission to halt it decision to compile a new register which according to them is not needed in an election year and also a waste of tax payers monies.
The NDC and its affiliates believe that when the exercise begins, it will disenfranchised many qualified voters because the EC will be in a hurry to register people on time and that will make them do a shoddy work to get some few selected people on the register leaving out a huge majority of Ghanaians from being registered. Also, The NDC believe the time to compile the new voters’ register is not appropriate.
They are of the view that an election year such as this should not be used for the exercise because the tension in the country is gathering momentum and any slightest misunderstanding can escalate into something else. They also are of the opinion that the Electoral Commission can make modifications rather than compiling a new register which is a waste of time and money.
The decision by the EC to compile a new register is borne out of certain challenges facing the Electoral Commission to conduct a free and fair Election and for that there is a need to for the EC to compile new register.
According to the Electoral Commission, the Biometric Verification Devices is out of date and producers of the equipment are no longer in operation and so in any case some parts are missing, there will be no replacement and the rate at which the BVD machines will fail to perform is higher so it is good the machines are all changed together.