88,000 duplication detected in voter register rectified-EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has indicated that it has rectified all duplicate voter identification numbers that were detected during the just-ended voter registration exercise.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Chairperson Mrs. Jean Mensa explained that the duplicates occurred because the registration kits were offline hence all voter ID numbers were issued independently.

She said 88,000 duplicates were detected when the national data came together online.

The EC she announced has taken steps to issue new ID cards with the new numbers to the affected voters.

She added that political parties and their agents would be invited to monitor the re-issuance of the said duplicate ID cards.

She assured Ghanaians that all those who have been affected would vote on December 7.

She further disclosed that the duplicates were recorded because some registration kits had the same unique code.

“To prevent the duplication of voter ID numbers, each kit is given a unique code. What we realised during the registration was that in instances where the registration kits become faulty, they were withdrawn from the field and a new one was sent to the field and the same code was put on the new one,” Mrs Mensah said.

“The same code as the one withdrawn was placed on the new one. However, when the faulty kit was brought back to the field, that code was not changed and so you realised that we had two kits with the same code and this meant that they would produce the same ID numbers”.

She said the current voter database does not contain any duplicate voter ID numbers.

By: Rainbowradioonline.com

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