CDG-Gh Queries EC Over Functions Of SIM Cards And WIFI In BVD’s;

The Caucus for Democratic Governance Ghana (CDG-GH) has challenged the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) to come out and explain why it’s BVDs carry SIM cards and WIFI.

The Caucus wants Ghana’s electoral management body to come and deny allegations that the devices are not comprised.

In a statement issued and signed by the Executive Director, CDG-GH, Dr E. K. Hayford explained that “Optically the BVDs look the same but the however two different functional processes based on the activated and deactivated processes which control the data.”

“The EC has provided these external communication access to some of the BVDs to be used in NPP stronghold.

This means the EC`s – BVD can be connected to a system through the SIM card to either an internet or a private network, where manipulation of voters who have already been verified can be done.

Any one who has WiFi Service in the area and can detect the link of the BVDs can easily hack the device.; read whatever has taken place at the polling station, and even manipulate the number of people verified or the number of registered voters on the Memory” Portions of the statement read.

Read the full statement below

SIM CARDS AND WiFi IN EC`s BVDs

What are the Functions ?
Compromised BVDs

The Caucus for Democratic Governance, Ghana (CDG-GH), last week, called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to come out to tell the people of Ghana whether the Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) have been compromised as reported. Optically the devices look the same.

The BVDs have however two different functional processes based on the activated and deactivated processes which control the data.

BVDs fitted with SIM Card and WiFi
Another revelation is that, the EC has made provisions for SIM Cards and WiFi Communications Compartment on some of the BVDs.

These two Communication Features exist beside the Memory Card Components on the BVDs.

External Communication

The EC has provided these external communication access to some of the BVDs to be used in NPP stronghold. This means the EC`s – BVD can be connected to a system through the SIM card to either an internet or a private network, where manipulation of voters who have already been verified can be done. Any one who has WiFi Service in the area, and can detect the link of the BVDs can easily hack the device.; read whatever has taken place at the polling station, and even manipulate the number of people verified or the number of registered voters on the Memory Card.

Vigilance
Members of the general public have to be ready to standby at the polling centers throughout the voting period, to ensure that any detected challenges with the BVD is corrected. This is the only way to ensure the voice of the people is not stolen by the EC and its collaborators.

Dr E.K. Hayford
Executive Director, CDG-GH
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Story:Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklinadonkoh@gmail.com 

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