Ghana’s voter registration exercise to feature biometric verification devices

June 27, 2016 - 

Ghana’s Electoral Commission has said the upcoming voters’ register exhibition exercise — which will run from July 18 to August 7 — will prominently feature biometric verification devices (BVD), according to a report by Citi FM Online.

The move comes a few months after the EC started its biometric voter registration pilot project in early March.

“There is another dimension we are trying to bring into the exhibition. The period of the exhibitions going to be extended from the normal two weeks to about three weeks; sufficient period,” said Amadu Sulley, the deputy commissioner of the EC in charge of operations. “We are also bringing in the BVD’s, that is the biometric verification devices, which we normally use during elections, during voting.”

During the exercise, Ghanaian voters will have to be verified biometrically as this will help decrease most of the challenges related to the BVDs on election day.

“Now we want people to come during the exhibition to be verified biometrically,” said Sulley. “This will at least address the situation where these challenges come on the [election day]… when you come during exhibition and this is done, you will be in a position to know ‘I’m okay’. If the machine is not able to recognize your finger, we will take note and find out what happened and put in place mechanisms to address this situation.”

Sulley told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on June 22 that the exhibition process will help increase the credibility of the register.

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