The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said it has presented the Electoral Commission (EC) with what it claims are additional evidences to support calls for the replacement of the current voters’ register.
In a press statement, the party said its Information Techonology (IT) Team have unraveled close to 2,096 separate cases of double and multiple registration from all the 10 Regions of Ghana to establish its claims that the register is “incurably” flawed and unfit for the 2016 elections.
"In all, the Party submitted to the Electoral Commission samples of 2,096 separate cases of double and multiple registrations from all the 10 Regions of Ghana. These separate cases can be grouped under three main forms – the first involves the cases of double and multiple registrations with multiple photographs; the second involves double and multiple registrations with multiple voter’s ID numbers and the third involves same registration details and photographs in different Polling Stations”, the statement added.
It indicated that the submission of the samples was additional evidence to back its case on the flawed nature of the current register, which necessitated the compilation of a new one.
“The latest evidence presented to the commission calls into question the whole credibility of the biometric register and whether the EC actually carried out de-duplication of the register, as it should have done and claims to have done, since de-duplicating a biometric register will automatically eliminate all such double and multiple registration, no matter the form in which they come.
“The general secretary suggested that if, indeed, the EC conducted a de-duplication process on the register, then this revelation by the party is a further indication of how the whole database of the commission and its IT set-up have been compromised to allow for such multiple entries as they appear on the register, similar to the case of the scanned pictures in the register,” it added.
It said it had, with the evidence provided ,sealed the case for a fresh voters register.
The statement however recalled that on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the NPP submitted to the EC and the public what it termed evidence of the existence of more than 76,000 Togolese on Ghana’s voters register after a review of less than 10 per cent of the registers of the two countries.
It said the running mate of the 2016 flag bearer of the party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, while addressing a press conference in Accra on August 18, 2015, had said perhaps what was more damning was evidence of the existence of various scanned pictures in the current register, an issue the EC had not responded to as yet.