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Electoral Fee didn’t lie about out of date BV registration kits – Atik Mohammed

The Mass Motion Committee, a coalition of political events has shot down claims that the Electoral Fee was not upfront with Ghanaians, has not informed the reality in regards to the present Biometric Verification Registration (BVR) kits.

It mentioned every little thing the EC mentioned, its assertion that the BVRs had grow to be out of date was nothing, however the absolute fact.

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Addressing a information convention in Accra on Wednesday, Atik Mohammed, the Govt Secretary of the Coalition, cited a letter signed by Marcel Boogaard, the Chief Govt of Officer HSB Identification, the corporate that equipped the BVR’s dated Might 2018, which mentioned the kits and the laptops had attain end-of-life.

They have been responding to allegations by the Interparty Resistance Towards New Register (IRANR) that the BVR was in good situation and could possibly be used.

Mr. Mohammed, the Secretary of Mass Motion Committee mentioned different allegations leveled by IRANR that the Electoral Fee’s procurement processes have been authorized as a result of the fee was following due course of and making certain worth for cash.

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He mentioned the EC with the choice to obtain new BVR was making financial savings to the tune of $ 18,354,500 for the nation.

Mr. Mohammed mentioned democracy was higher served if the state establishments such because the Electoral Fee have been allowed to discharge its constitutionally mandated duties and urged the Interparty Resistance Towards New Register and the general public to help the EC to succeed.

He declared the group’s help to the actions of the EC including that the group would start an academic marketing campaign to clarify the necessity to compile new register to the general public.

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Mr. Mohammed famous that suggestions from worldwide and nationwide technical consultants indicated that evaluating the price of upgrading and refurbishing of the present system and procuring a brand new system, it was prudent to amass a brand new system to satisfy the present demand.

He mentioned the primary purpose for a brand new system was to have a reputable voters’ register that may confer legitimacy on the electoral course of, improve effectivity, stop electoral fraud and keep away from doubts in regards to the election’s inclusiveness and final result.

“A large quantity of the kits had many faulty component parts that were difficult to replace (keyboard, mouse, screen, camera). The inkjet printers were failing at a frequent rate,” he mentioned.

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“The battery packs had worn-out and therefore the decreased battery autonomy could not guarantee continuous use of the BVR”.

Mr. Mohammed mentioned the picture high quality obtained from the fingerprint scanner was more and more deteriorating, resulting in repeated picture acquisition and prolonging the registration course of.

Relating to the necessity for brand new Biometric Verification Gadgets (BVD), he mentioned the Fee recorded a excessive failure price of the BVDs and had spent a lot cash in refurbishing them to be used for the assorted elections.

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“During the recent District Level Elections, the commission spent GH¢2 million to contract technicians to fix it over the period of six months,” he mentioned.

“The sensors of many of the devices are worn out, which means poor image acquisition leading to repeated attempts on verification”.

Mr. Mohammed suggested the Interparty Resistance towards New voter register to make use of the regulation court docket to handle their considerations and never by protested and occupying their workplace.

He famous that the group may proceed to court docket and compel the EC to desist from compiling a brand new register as an alternative of participating in stress protest and assaults on the fee.

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