Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) and IMANI Africa have petitioned Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to call on the Electoral Commission to rescind its decision to compile the new voters Register for election 2020.
Representatives of the two groups had a closed-door meeting with the Asanteman Council in Kumasi.
Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, the president of IMANI Africa, said after the meeting that, the Asanteman was waiting to officially hear from the EC on the matter.
Mr. Cudjoe insisted that there were no doubts about the integrity of the current register since the EC has never suggested that the register is bloated.
According to Mr. Cudjoe, a careful analysis of best practice in procuring biometric technology for elections in Africa shows that the EC’s proposed spending plans are inflated by about 60%. The EC’s proposed system is brutally expensive compared to other countries in Africa he said.
Mr. Franklin further argued that, the EC’s claim about the existing system’s weakness are flawed and untrue, because the biometric data can be salvaged and facial recognition technology already exist trough visual inspection.
Since the EC’s announcement to compile a new voter register somewhere early this year, there have been conflicting concerns from different sections of the country.
The tension over the register has led the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to accuse the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of being “in bed” with the EC to rig the 2020 elections in their favour.
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The NPP has also held onto the fact that the EC is an independent body and thus they should be allowed to do their work.
In spite of that, the EC is still going ahead and have announced last week in June to commence the compilation of the new voter register.
The Electoral Commission however is calling on the co-operation of all stakeholders to so that there will be a peaceful elections come December 2020.