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New Voter Register: NDC hypocrisy exposed

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is burying itself further in a quagmire of hypocrisy on its entrenched stance on the decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voter register.

The erstwhile ruling NDC, which staunchly supported the Commission while in power has suddenly discovered ‘a devil’ in the institution that they have consistently defended and insisted should be allowed to do its work.

The opposition is today castigating the EC because it has proposed changing the obsolete biometric management system to safeguard impending elections and ensure its systems are abreast with fast-changing technology.

NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, who in the past insisted the Commission be allowed to undertake its mandate, today believes the EC should abide by whims of the opposition.

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Mr. Mahama had vigorously backed the EC in 2016 following the introduction of its new logo and insisted the EC be allowed to carry out its mandate without interference or pressure.

He said, “Some parties have made it a penchant to continuously attack the Electoral Commission for reasons I can’t understand.”

“This is the time we have to give the EC peace to do its work. Every little thing they are at the Electoral Commission and attacking the Commission,” he stated.

“Recently there is brouhaha over a logo. How is a logo going to affect the quality of elections in this country,” he quizzed?

The former President had insisted at the time that Ghanaians should not be splitting heads over the matter.

Ghana’s electoral process, he noted, has inherent safeguards in it that any serious political can use to ensure that it polices the elections and make sure of the integrity of the elections.

He stated, “I believe that our Electoral Commission continuously to be one of the most experienced not only in Africa but in the world and has delivered very successful elections in the past.”

“If we give the Commission encouragement and support that it deserves they should be able to deliver a successful election come December, he added.

Incidentally, on a matter that could hold the key to very successful, peaceful and credible elections, the NDC has chosen to take the high.

The party has carried out its threat to demonstrate when with support from a few other political parties demonstrated in Tamale over a decision that is entirely a prerogative of the Commission.

The Electoral Commission reportedly took the decision to compile a new voter register based on the advice of its IT team and external consultants to the effect that it would be prudent to acquire a new system rather than refurbish the current system.

The EC argued expert advice indicates the cost of frequent replacement of failing parts and the renewal of warranties through third-parties was comparable to the acquisition of a brand new system with full service and warranties.

It insisted the amount of money spent on refurbishing parts and renewing warranties could be used to acquire a brand new system that is robust, modern, durable and user-friendly with full functionality and warranties.

The EC warned that the equipment that the entire voter management system runs on, from enrollment, duplication and adjudication to voter verification is obsolete and no longer supported by their Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).

Therefore there is the need to compile a new voter register to be compatible with the new biometric systems that would be acquired.

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