The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has slammed the Electoral Commission of Ghana over missing names of registrants on the new compiled voter’s register in the ongoing nationwide exhibition exercise which commenced Friday, 18th September, 2020.
On day one of the exhibition exercise, the Member of Parliament for Ashaiman Constituency Hon Ernest Norgbey and some registrants/voters across the country have expressed worry over deletion of their names on the voter’s register compiled by Mrs. Jean Mensa led Electoral Commission for the December 2020 polls.
In the midst of the challenges as the Electoral Commission puts in measures to address concerns of voters, the commission has earlier outdoored a shotcode for the verification of the names on the register at a cost of 30p. Though, some Ghanaian voters began verifying their names on the register using the short code 1422, the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) is therefore calling on Ghanaians to avoid using short code to check their names and visit centres to manually do the verification in the ongoing exercise.
In a press statement, the Policy Analyst of Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) Oscar Bedzra alleges that storage devices of the electoral commission containing initial registration details were corrupted and which accounted for the missing names.
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It appears the electoral commission seem to be too soon failing millions of Ghanaians ahead of the much anticipated December 7th general elections. The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has taken note of concerns raised by some Ghanaians over missing names in the Electoral Commission’s register provided for exhibition from 18th to 25th September, 2020.
It was a surprise when the news broke that the Member of Parliament for Ashaiman constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Hon Ernest Norgbey could not trace his name, along over twenty-one thousand (21,000) constituents in the this constituency. Additionally , the minority leader has alleged a missing of some over seven hundred and sixty (760) names on his constituency electoral roll.
Again, information gathered from Volta regional executives of the two major political parties suggests that, a total of over five hundred and thirty-one (531) names were identified to have been missing in two different constituencies in the Volta region, as at Friday, September 18th, 2020.
ASEPA has subsequently taken note of a response from the nation’s electoral body which suggested that storage devices of the electoral commission containing initial registration details were corrupted and which accounted for the missing names .
Additionally, notice has been taken of the fact that Biometric Verification Devises (BVDs) were not provided at most of the exhibition centres as part of the piloting process, even polling stations of over a thousand registrants has no BVD.
In the light of these deadly concerns, it has become indisputable that, Ghana’s electoral body is never in any way ready to conduct the upcoming December polls. One can unequivocally state that the electoral commission of Ghana is on a ‘ticking time bomb’ and might endanger our democracy if these anomalies are not rectified within this short period of time.
How does it make a meaning if one dial the short code (1422) at any point of convenience whiles the Biometric Verification Device(BVD) is at the exhibition centre and which is intended for piloting…??.
It is not readily comprehensible an exorbitant amount of fifty thousand Ghana cedis(Gh¢ 50,000) has been charged various Parliamentary candidates ahead of an election which has been characterised by a register ASEPA can describe as a “MALNOURISHED REGISTER” .
We are by this release urging the media, other civil society organizations , parliamentary candidates, political parties as well as individuals to boycott this ineffective way of verification (by code) so as to keenly monitor this malnourished register and possibly restore these missing names onto the register before end of the registration process as this 1422 is likely to misguide the piloting process and silence the missing names brouhaha that has characterized the voter register under exhibition.