The Director of Elections of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Martin Adjei Mensah-Korsah, has described the Electoral Commission’s (EC) nationwide pilot registration exercise in selected polling stations on Saturday as a “joke”.
According to him the exercise would not address critical concerns the NPP have raised ahead of the November polls, explaining further that, it would
not be an accurate reflection of what was expected to happen during the actual elections.
In an interview yesterday, Mr. Korsah said, “Just as I have noted, I did not observe any thing new about those equipment. It was virtually the same process that we are used to having.
If you have 29,000 polling stations, in this exercise, you have pointed out that it is being zoned down to 3,000 polling stations. How do you select 20 equipment for 20 polling stations and what true picture do you hope to get? Can this be a true reflection of what would happen in 26,000 polling stations?”
He added that, “I am tempted to feel it’s a joke. This cannot be representative of how you think this equipment should function.”
The EC announced on Wednesday that Saturday’s exercise was to test its upgraded biometric verification registration kits.
A statement signed by the commission’s Deputy Chairman in charge of Operations, Amadu Sulley, said the exercise would be held in selected polling stations in all the ten regions.
The statement entreated all political parties and potential votes to take note and participate fully to ensure a successful exercise.