Accra, Dec. 31, GNA
– The Electoral Commission has said the new voter registration is meant to
ensure appropriate and meaningful use of technology to safeguard the efficacy
of the ballot count and the acceptance of results.
According to the
Commission, the quality of the voters’ register played a critical role in the
electoral process and an obsolete and incomplete register could not be relied
on for an electoral process, which guaranteed the principle of one man, one
stated that the acceptance of results among stakeholders was dependent on how
accurate and efficient it identified people and correctly eliminated voter
Addressing the media
on Tuesday in Accra, Mr Samuel Tettey, Deputy Chairman-in-Charge of Operations
noted that the country started using biometrics in its elections and had,
become an important tool for voter identification and verification.
He said in a tensed
political climate, where there was a total lack of trust among parties involved
in the electoral process, biometrics cannot be an adequate enabler if it is not
up-to-date and responsive.
“Its solutions must
be complete and comprehensive to render the electoral process reliable,
credible, transparent and trustworthy,” he said.
infrastructure, that supports this biometric voting management system must be
modern, secure, reliable, robust and have the necessary performance features to
meet tight electoral timetables and demanding service requirements”.
The Deputy Chairman
current system in place simply cannot meet the requirement to support the 2020
general election and beyond.
He stated that the
server, storage and networking hardware at the Data centres on which BVMS
applications run on were all obsolete and have reach “end of life” and “end of
parts now frequently breakdown and parts to repair them are unavailable because
the manufacturer no longer produces them or supports them,” he said.
“As a result of the
above, the cost of maintenance of the equipment has reached unsustainable
levels. Price quotation offered by the existing vendor for the refurbishment
and upgrade of existing system was as high as getting a completely new
infrastructure (both hardware and software) in place”.
Mr Tettey noted that
the cooling units within the two Data centres were breaking down often and
resulting in the datacentre having to be shut down on several occasions.
He said it was also
realised during the handing over process from the previous vendor that there
was no disaster recovery or business continuity system in place should there be
a major disaster at the production Datacentre.
According to him the
data backup system, in place at best effort, which meant that system was
essentially frozen so no entries could be made into the system took a minimum
of four days to complete.
He stated that the
current Biometric Verification Devices (BVD) were unable to verify candidates
electronically which lead to high incidence of manual verification.