Minority leader in Ghana’s Parliament, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu has revealed that Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Mrs. Jean Mensah lacks understanding of data synchronization.
According to him, the EC’s Chairperson at a meeting with the special budget committee of Parliament held at the Speaker’s Block at Parliament House in Accra told the committee that her outfit will not relay on the National Identification Authority’s (NIA) data as verification document for its upcoming new voter registration.
Addressing some members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) shortly after their meeting with managers of Ghana’s electoral management body, said the position taken by EC chair not to verify the authenticity of Ghana Cards presented by registrants as prove of identity.
The Minority Leader who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South Constituency in the Northern Region explained that anyone can present any card reassembling Ghana card at the registration center and no one can be sure of it authenticity.
“How can EC use a document as prove of nationality which it has no means to verify its authentication at the registration centers” he quizzed.
Mr. Iddrisu hinted that there are media reports that some people are going round some parts of the country distributing fake Ghana cards to unsuspected Ghanaians to aid them in securing a new voters card.
“With all the allegations making rounds in both the traditional and new media, it is only wise for the commissioners to put up a system to authenticate Ghana cards presented at any registration center” the minority leader opined.
According to him, EC could synchronize its data with that of the NIA to ensure that every Ghana card presented as prove of national identity is genuine.
“But on fortunately, the Chairperson of the commission does not understand synchronization mechanism.” he disclosed.
But the Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral management body, Dr Bossman Asare, in a sharp reaction to the Minority Leader’s claims, reiterated the position of the commission’s stand of not using the NIA data.
Dr Asare confirmed that the commission has no mechanism to verify the authenticity of Ghana Cards that would be applicants will present at the various polling centers.
“Though we don’t have any machines to check or verify any of the two approved documents for prove of nationality, we will rely on the political party agents and other means to ensure that no fake Ghana card is used for registration.
Again it’s an offense to present force document or evidence to deceive public officials. So when one even gets into the new voters register and later find out to have procure the voters ID fraudulently will be dealt with according to the laws of the land.” he cautioned.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH