Biometric registration very successful despite hitches - Dr. Afari-Gyan
 
Posted on: 2012-Apr-23        Joy fm
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The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan has described the ongoing biometric registration exercise as very successful irrespective of the technical hitches which has bedeviled the process in some parts of the country.

According to the EC Chairman, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan in an interview on ,i>Peace FMís Kokrokoo Monday, just like any other technology, the breaking down of some registration equipment were largely unpredictable.

The biometric registration exercise which was introduced to curb double registration and eliminate ghost names in the voterís register has not gone without technical hitches being recorded in various parts of the country.

Dr. Afari-Gyan added that despite all the numerous technical hitches, the EC has been very proactive in remedying these hitches stating that the back-up equipment provided have been useful as well as technicians stationed at the various registration centers.

The EC Chairman expressed grave concern about the pockets of misunderstanding that were recorded at some registration centers. He bemoaned the use of macho men to disrupt the registration process which he described as a draw back to the process.

Dr. Afari-Gyan, who has superintended five general elections in the fourth republic of Ghana, described as unfortunate the lack of patience among the electorate who rushed to register at polling stations which were not their traditional polling stations. This he said, has led to low turn-out being recorded at some polling stations.

The EC Chairman also revealed that the equipment being used in the ongoing registration will not be the same to be used in the December 7 polls.

He added that different equipment will be used, and that just like the equipment used in the biometric registration exercise, the ones to be used on December 7 can also break down.

Dr. Afari-Gyan added that there is a need for a consensus to be drawn among all the key stakeholders as to what action to be taken in the eventuality of any equipment breaking down on the election day.

The exercise which commenced on March 24 is scheduled to end on May 5, and so far 8 million persons as at the end of the second phase have registered as against the projected 6.5 million by the EC. The third phase of the exercise will end on April 24, whereas the last phase will span from April 26-May 5.

The EC has however maintained that for any extension to the exercise to be considered, they must first make a holistic analysis of the entire exercise at the scheduled end date.