March 15, 2013 -
Some public workers in Ghana have appealed to the Ministry of Finance to open biometric registration offices in other regions of the country.
Currently, as reported in the Ghana News Agency, the only registration center is located in the Ministry of Finance in Accra, which means a lot of travel for those outside the country’s capital. In the interim, suggest the public workers, the government should increase the number of computers and workers at the existing registration center.
“I wonder why the Ministry cannot open up some offices in the regions so that people will avoid the risk and high expenditure associated with travelling all the way to Accra,” Madam Adobea said in an interview with GNA.
The News agency, visiting the registration center to track the progress of work, found over 150 public workers and pensioners hoping to register.
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Ghana has had a tumultuous relationship with biometric systems. Last year, the country successfully completed an election using biometric verification devices, though not without problems or contest.
That being said, following its election, by having registered and verified approximately 13 million people for an election within 48 hours, Ghana broke the world record previously held by India for 3.5 million people.
Introduced over one year ago, Ghanaweb reports that this situation is due to the lack of functional interconnectivity from the main data center to the entire operational centers across the country and as a result, applicants end up having their data sent to the wrong office. This in turn, forces applicants to travel from region to region on the hunt for their own processed data.