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Be meticulous and diligent in the compilation of figures to avoid errors — African Electoral Institute to EC

Headlines Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Jean Mensa
WED, 15 MAY 2024 LISTEN
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Jean Mensa

The African Electoral Institute (AEI) has urged the Electoral Commission of Ghana to be meticulous and diligent in compiling and publishing voter registration figures to avoid inaccuracies.

In a press release dated May 14, AEI cited instances where the EC published registration totals that did not match the actual regional figures.

“From African Electoral Institute’s (AEI) Research Desk, the number of registered voters for Day 2 was 19,267 registrants as has been published by the EC, however, the EC published the summation of all the regional figures as 25,287 instead of 19,267," noted AEI's Electoral Research Department.

Similarly on day 3 of registration, the EC reported 48,616 registrants when the correct figure was 43,417, according to AEI records.

AEI, emphasized the need for accuracy, stating "African Electoral Institute acknowledges the fact that the EC is a human institution and thereby admonishes the EC to be meticulous and diligent in the compilation of their figures."

The discrepancies have already led to disputes between political parties.

To address this, AEI is urging the EC to implement strict quality control measures to avoid mistakes, noting, "If it must be done, it must be done well."

Going forward, AEI believes delays to verify registration data are preferable to publishing inaccurate numbers that undermine public trust in the electoral process.

Below is the full statement by the African Electoral Institute

PRESS RELEASE
TO: ALL MEDIA HOUSES
DATE: 14TH MAY,2024
AFRICAN ELECTORAL INSTITUTE (AEI) IMPLORES THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION (EC) TO BE METICULOUS AND DILIGENT TO AVOID ERRONEOUS AND INACCURATE FIGURES TO THE PUBLIC

African Electoral Institute (AEI) beseech the Electoral Commission (EC) to be diligent and meticulous in its data collation and publication of same to the general public.

The AEI has cited figures that are statistically inaccurate from the EC and subsequently changed by the EC to reflect the accurate figures in the on-going Limited Voter Registration Exercise.

From African Electoral Institute’s (AEI) Research Desk, the number of registered voters for Day 2 was 19,267 registrants as has been published by the EC, however, the EC published the summation of all the regional figures as 25,287 instead of 19,267.

Similarly, the number of voters registered on Day 3 was reported by the EC to be 48,616, instead of 43,417.

The Institute has also observed the banter between the two major political parties on these changes of figures by the EC on major news media.

African Electoral Institute acknowledges the fact that the EC is a human institution and thereby admonishes the EC to be meticulous and diligent in the compilation of their figures. The EC may have to adopt strict quality control measures to prevent such blunders, because if it must be done, it must be done well.

The African Electoral Institute believes that there is no need by the EC to be in such a hurry to publish figures as they are not in competition with any other institution to be the first to publish the collated registration results. Therefore, a few hours of delay to ensure that the collated figures are accurate will not hurt anyone and would go a long way in preventing avoidable mistakes and subsequent corrections, which impact negatively on the reputation of the Commission.

African Electoral Institute urges the EC to continue to work with the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) to deliver a credible election and to instill confidence in its operations by the Ghanaian voter.

SIGNED:
Seyram Mankra
Electoral Research Department.
Tel: 0244747128
Augustus Eshun
Director of Communications and External Relations
Tel: 024-460 9891
Nii Adjin Adjin-Tettey
Deputy Director of Communications and External Relations

Tel: 0540904550
Emmanuel Biri
3rd Dep. Director of Communications and External Relations

Tel: 0538421573 (WESTERN REGION AND CENTRAL REGION)

Ex WO1 Alhaji Yussif Mahamah, Head- Electoral Security Department

Tel: 0243311965
The African Electoral Institute ( AEI) is a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) founded to deliver sustainable electoral solutions to Emerging and Developed Democracies to strengthen, augment, and build electoral stakeholders capacity and participation on electoral issues through electoral education on voter’s rights and freedom, electoral research, election monitoring, election observation, election results collation, election security awareness and training of polling agents and elections directors underscoring the fact that “elections are won at the polling stations’’ and the participation of all identifiable electoral stakeholders in an electoral process such as Political Parties, Governmental Institutions, underpinning transparency and accountability for a free, fair, and credible elections in Africa and the wider world.

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