The Electoral Commission (EC) has urged Ghanaians to disregard reports that they are using old Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) machines in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise.
There were reports circulating that suggested the challenges being recorded at various registration centres was down to the use of old machine this the EC has debunked.
“The attention of the Electoral Commission has been drawn to fabrications by certain personalities regarding the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits being used by the Commission for the ongoing Voters Registration Exercise. These individuals have made it their avowed duty to mislead the public on the Commission’s work and processes,” the Commission said in a statement.
The Electoral Commission thus stated categorically that “40 percent of the BVR Kits being used are old kits, is an outright lie.”
It further added that the BVR kits being used for the registration are all new.
The Commission has thus challenged persons behind the assertions to name the centres where old kits are being used in the ongoing exercise.
“For the avoidance of doubt, all Kits currently in use for the Registration Exercise are brand new. There is not a single old obsolete Kit in the field. One would have thought that the individuals making the assertion would have indicated in the report where they saw the old Kits being used. The EC is challenging the authors of the misleading reports, to name the centres where the old kits are being used for the benefit of the good people of Ghana.”
The EC giving out some features of the new BVR machines said it was smaller and portable, unlike the old ones. They gave out other features that show that the ones been used now are completely new.
The EC on June 30, 2020 begun the compilation of a new voters’ register for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The exercise will end on August 6, 2020, but the EC in a statement recently said they will extend the exercise at some centres where there were delays due to some technical challenges.