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New Voters Register A Waste Of Taxpayers Money--Otokunor

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New Voters Register A Waste Of Taxpayers Money--Otokunor
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The Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Boamah Otokunor, has said the idea by the Electoral Commission’s (EC) to compile a new voters register is a complete waste of taxpayers money.

In his view, there is no reason to compile new voters’ register if the Electoral Commission (EC) has come out to say the voters’ register is clean, credible hence the register needs only an upgrade according to the Otokunor.

There is no need for a new voters register is just a waste of taxpayers money it has nothing to do with the voters’ register, it is the software instead and all you have to do to make it run efficiently is to refurbish the software,” Peter Boamah Otokunor told Kwame Tutu on Anopa Nkomo on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7

According to him, the Electoral Commission’s reasons for the compilation of a new register is the high rate of manual verification, then the problem is with the software, not the voters’ register.

He said the two key objectives for the adoption of improved technology in the compilation of an electoral register were to improve the confidence of stakeholders in the credibility of the register and to prevent electoral fraud by way of impersonation, multiple voting, ineligible voting, and inaccurate or fake results declaration, among others.

According to the Party, the decision defied logic and must be fiercely resisted.

Background

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has objected to the decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 election.

The Electoral Commission says its decision to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 elections was because its current biometric machines are outdated.

According to the commission, the need for the new voters’ register was necessitated by several factors which included the need to replace the outmoded biometric machines.

---Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdomfmonline.com

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