EC to exhibit biometric devices with piloting this Thursday ahead of registration exercise
The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will on Thursday, June 18, 2020, exhibit and pilot some of its biometric registration devices expected to be employed in the upcoming planned voters’ registration exercise.
The registration exercise which is anticipated to come off on June 30, 2020, has been met with stiff opposition from civil society groups and some opposition political parties. But the EC says Thursday’s exhibition and piloting which is open to the public will be a test for the registration.
Meanwhile, the Commission has slammed down claims suggesting that it will be creating new constituencies ahead of the election.
According to the Deputy Chairperson of the EC, Dr. Bossman Asare in an encounter with journalists said the Commission is only seeking a new constitutional instrument to cover the newly created electoral areas.
Dr. Bossman Asare - Deputy Chairperson, EC
“We are not creating new constituencies. What we are basically doing is that new electoral areas were created and new polling stations were created so we have to make sure that we have a C.I. that will cover all that so no new constituencies are being created by the EC.”
On Tuesday, officials of the Commission appeared before Parliament’s Special Budget Committee to brief the committee on their planned programmes for the year.
However, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu after the meeting has expressed concerns over responses given by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa. In his view, the EC Chair’s responses could trouble the future of the country’s democracy.
Haruna Iddrisu - Minority Leader
“Having listened to her, I feel profoundly troubled in my heart for the future of Ghana’s democracy and I feel disappointed that in her answers to questions at the committee level, she made to significant worrying statements that the people of Ghana must know,” Haruna Iddrisu said.
This was after Jean Mensa told the committee that the Commission intends to stage the registration exercise in some 6,300 registration centres across the country.
“They intend to phase out the registration exercise in some 6,300 registration centres out of the 33,000 registration centres across the country…That troubles my heart because Article 42 will not be observed in essence through making available to Ghanaian people who have legitimate right they are entitled to.”