Biometric Voter Registration
Biometric Voter Registration

A huge crowd of Ghanaians took to the streets in the Northern regional capital Tamale (620 kilometers north of the capital) on Saturday to protest plans by the Electoral Commission (EC) to replace the existing biometric voters’ register ahead of the 2020 polls.

The Saturday protest is the first in a series of activities planned by the Inter-party resistance against the new voters’ register ((IRANVR) to resist the compilation of a new register.

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The protesters, the majority of whom were in red attires, carried placards with various inscriptions.

“Drop the new register”; “We need a new president, not a new register”; “Family and friends government, leave register alone”; “Don’t destroy our beautiful democracy” and “Jean Mensah (EC Chairperson), your days are numbered” were the inscriptions on some of the placards.

The demonstrators included supporters of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP), People’s National Convention (PNC), Eagle Party, All Progressives Party (APC), Great Consolidated Population Party (GCPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The EC contends that the current register had been overstretched, and needed additional features of facial verification, hence the need for a new register.

However, the parties and other stakeholders have argued that the current register compiled in 2012, and strengthened with biometric verification in 2016, was an excellent voter roll which must not be discarded.

Parliament, however, approved last month for the EC to spend 833 million Ghana cedis (146.6 million US dollars) to compile the new register for the 2020 General Elections.

The opposition parties, however, have vowed to do everything necessary to prevent the compilation of a new register, which they suspect could be used to disenfranchise some Ghanaians. Enditem

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