The Electoral Commission (EC) led by Mrs Jean Mensah has, in its report presented to parliament, indicated that they would be buying one removable 32GB SD card for $336(GHC1948.80).
This was part of a list of items the EC submitted to parliament to aid its agenda of compiling the new voters’ register for the upcoming General Elections on December 7th, 2020.
This list and many other information relating to the meeting were supposed to have been kept behind closed doors, however they are already in the public domain.
Some list of items on the leaked document included special registration forms, thumbprints pads, Stationary, printers, SD cards etc. and their respective prices.
On the leaked documents, the item that caught our attention was the 32GB SD card and the outrageous price that the commission will pay for it.
The document revealed that the EC would be buying one for $336 which when converted into Ghana cedis is 1948.80 and they would need a total number of 75,000.
However, our checks at Circle, Ghana’s infamous hub for everything IT, revealed that the price for an SD card of the same capacity and quality would cost nothing above 100 Ghana cedis.
To this end, we carried out further checks on major e-commerce giants, AliExpress and Amazon, to probe further on the standard price for an SD card that has EC’s specifications. Our investigations revealed prices pegged between $1 and $100 only.
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From these price quotes, it is quite glaring that there may be something untoward going on at the commission.