The Alliance for New Register (ANR), a non-partisanship movement, says the Electoral Commission (EC) cannot depend on the National Identification Authority (NIA) data for the new voters’ register.
The EC, according to the group, should not rely on the data from NIA for the compilation of the new voters’ register, saying that the Ghana Card is not supported by any Law (LI or CI) for the conduct of an election in Ghana.
At a press conference in Accra, Razak Kojo Opoku, Secretary-General of ANR, maintained that there is no provision in the NIA Act which, gives its legal backing to use the Ghana Card for the conduct of elections in Ghana.
”The Ghana Card registration was never done on the basis of polling stations unlike Electoral Commission whose registration is done at the polling stations level across the country,” he said.
As it stands now, Mr. Kojo Opoku said the Ghana Card cannot be used for the purpose of 2020 general elections, adding, however, the compilation of the 2020 new voters’ register would help the commission to avoid the payment of over $4,000 million as the annual maintenance fee for the EC data center.
He said the commission would avoid the expensive payments for updating the obsolete data center, refurbishing of obsolete BVR kits and upgrading of obsolete BVDs
The Secretary-General of ANR said the EC would successfully generate new codes for the newly created six regions, including its polling stations and constitutiencies.
He said the commission would successfully implement the ROPAL and block people who want to use NHIS cards as identity cards for registration into the new voters’ register.