Ghana’s electoral system is one of the best in the world, and with the reforms and additional systems implemented, the 2016 elections will be a success, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, has said.
She made this known at a briefing for election observers on Friday, November 2 at Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
According to her, the country’s “voters’ register is fully biometric, so for all the over fifteen million, everyone on the register is required to have at least six fingers as well as other biographic detail”, explaining: “Every voter has a unique bar code, which is triggered once used and cannot be used again.”
According Class FM’s Paa Kwesi Parker-Wilson, who was at the programme, the EC added that extra security features had been added to the collation sheets to improve the integrity of the elections.
She also disclosed that the commission was almost done with the setup of constituency collation centres.
Meanwhile, the commission has assured that the numerous challenges which blighted Thursday’s special voting exercise will not be encountered during the main elections scheduled for December 7.
The commission has come under fire for what many believe was a shambolic organisation of the special voting – an exercise held for more than 127,000 persons drawn from the security services, the EC, the media, and other sectors who will be unable to vote on December 7 because their services will be engaged on voting day.
The commission has announced a day’s extension to its special voting exercise, with Sunday December 4 set aside for the exercise.