New voters’ registration exercise suspended in Western Region as BVR machine fails

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The Electoral Commission of Ghana has suspended voters’ registration exercise in the Western region due to the failure of some of the Biometric Verification Machines.

This happens after the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) machine used for the capturing of the bio-data of applicants failed.

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According to a report by 3news, officials who were supposed to capture the bio-data of applicants have since packed and left since they cannot work without it.

The report said, as at 7:00am at the EC’s regional office in Sekondi, about eight people were present for the registration exercise.

However, the officials have no idea of what to do to bring the BVR machine back to life. Despite using different power cables, the power of the machine refused to work.

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Meanwhile, all the applicants have reportedly left the EC’s regional office, leaving a few staff and some party representatives for security reasons.

Affirming the suspension of the voter registration exercise, the Deputy Western Region Secretary of the NPP, Rex Jonfiah, said the EC commenced the process with one BVR machine without a backup.

“I was told they were using one machine and no backup. So I want to find out the magnitude of the problem for which reason the whole exercise has been stopped,” Mr. Jonfiah said, as quoted by 3news.

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“… you were here yesterday and you saw that the exercise was very smooth. What has happened I believe is solvable. So let’s have the patience and wait for official explanation.”. He said.

The NDC’s Western Regional Secretary, Joe Nelson, said the malfunction of the BVR machine vindicates his party’s long-standing issues with the compilation of a new register.

“If six months to a general election you are having difficulties in piloting a new system to be used for the mass registration, what confidence does that engender in the actual exercise?” he wondered.

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“Indeed when is the anomaly going to be corrected and will there be a second round of the piloting. So where does that leave the credibility of the exercise itself?”

But luckily enough, 73 persons were successfully registered by the EC on the first day of the registration exercise.

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