NDC demands IPAC meeting over alleged multiple voters’ registration exercise

The Volta Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has demanded an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting over the incrimination of some persons who are alleged to have registered multiple times with the Electoral Commission (EC).

According to the party, the EC has failed to synchronise the voter register properly after the May 5, 2016 Supreme Court ruling which ordered the Commission to purge the voter register off persons who registered using the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards.

James Gunu, the Volta Regional Secretary of the NDC, said such persons whose names were supposed to be removed from the register, are now being cited for multiple registrations after they re-registered using other identification methods apart from the NHIS cards.

“After the ruling in the Abu Ramadan case, the EC was to purge the voter register off persons who registered using NHIS cards,  how come now those same persons are being cited for double registration?” he quizzed.

Mr Gunu also expressed concerns over the failure of the EC to use the biometric verification devices in verifying people who have been issued with the Voter ID cards but whose names do not appear on the register.

“Some people’s names have ‘F.O’ written by them which indicates that ‘face only’ and unfortunately, the EC has not provided the biometric verification devices at the centres to verify such persons whose details do not appear in the register.

“The EC needs to hold an emergency regional IPAC meeting to furnish the political parties with the voters register and also to find an amicable solution to the many teething issues,” Mr Gunu stressed.

Responding, Dogbey Selormey, the Volta Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, said the demands being made by the NDC do not fall within the purview of the regional electoral office and insisted that the regional IPAC meetings are held sequel to the national IPAC meetings, the regional offices do not organise regional IPAC meetings on their own and also clarified that verification machines are not used during exhibition exercises. -citinewsroom.com

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