Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ghana: Opposition urges EC to beg Nigeria for support to compile new voters register

The Vice Presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has advised Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) to seek support from their counterparts in Nigeria if they feel incapacitated to embark on a new voters registration ahead of the 2016 elections.

According to him, the NPP has presented the EC with credible evidence and tangible reasons why the current voters register must be revised for the 2016 elections.

“We have given them concrete and inevitable evidence that shows that the voters register has been compromised and cannot be used for the 2016 elections.

“If they don’t have the equipment, they should talk to their colleagues in Nigeria, the machines they used for their elections are still there; they will give it to them,” the former deputy governor of the Central Bank stated at a press conference organised by the party today, Tuesday August 18.

He continued : "Our investigative team obtained the Togo voters register which was publicly displayed prior to the 2015 Togolese elections. Using facial biometric recognition technology, the system has found 76,286 potential matches of the same people, with the same names and faces on the Ghanaian as well as Togolese voters registers; some 2000 of which we present in the power point presentation.

"I should note that so far, we have only completed less than 10% of the work on the Togolese register and we will begin work on comparing the Ivorian register with Ghana’s shortly and follow that with the Burkina Faso register. Even though our investigations are on-going, we are presenting our initial results because time is of the essence in this matter of a new electoral register. The EC, as we speak, is in the process of taking a decision on the issue and we have to make an input into this process at the earliest opportunity".


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