EC Will Rely On NIA Database If Only It Is Ready

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has reiterated its readiness to cooperate and depend on the Countrywide Identification Authority’s from the Ghana Card registration if only the databases is comprehensive.

According to the EC, because the NIA has not completed the Ghana Card registration, it is not feasible to drop on this kind of national report let by itself permit it to be utilised for voting.

Dr. Yaw Ofori-Agyei, a advisor at the Electoral Commission produced these observations through an engagement with journalists in Accra.

“Yes, we can use the [National Identification Authority’s] info but is the NIA info ?”

That notwithstanding, the EC however requires to compile a new voters’ register for the December 2020 normal elections because the present-day one is not suit for intent, the EC has argued.

The new sign-up is envisioned to have enhanced biometric functions and also an included layer of security in facial recognition.

The EC has also argued most of the biometric equipment in the existing electoral technique are burnt out, necessitating the compilation of a new register.

Even so, some opposition get-togethers are suspicious of the EC.

The major opposition social gathering, the National Democratic Congress has argued the EC wants to connive with the govt to stymie qualified voters in NDC strongholds from registering.

The NDC and other like-minded opposition get-togethers have staged a protest march in Tamale, Northern Region to sign-up their opposition to the proposed new sign up.

They are expected to replicate the exact same in other elements of the state.

Also, some 15 civil modern society organisations have also joined the cry for the EC to abandon its programs for a new sign-up.

In a statement, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), IMANI, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and others between other suggestions, claimed the EC should “update the existing software in strategies to make it extra productive.”

Compiling a new sign-up, they explained would be a “wasteful duplication of efforts at fantastic expense.”


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