- The chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa, has opened up on the challenges facing the Commission
- According to her, an Israeli company, STL, totally controls biometric data of voters
- She added that STL claims EC's staff are untrainable and can therefore not handle the task
The chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, has opened up on the challenges they are facing.
According to her, the biometric data of voters is totally controlled by an Israeli company, Superlock Technology Limited (STL).
This, she explained, casts a slur on the independence of the EC, as its hands are tied, with regard to the database.
Mensa revealed that STL contracted for the maintenance of the EC’s software and data centre equipment, has unlimited access, as it remotely controls everything.
She further disclosed that the biometric data is in an office run over by wires, and this costs the taxpayer $4 million, which is paid to STL, whenever there is a need for maintenance.
Per a report by Myjoyonline.com, she added that EC staff do not have administrative rights to passwords to access the biometric database gathered through Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) equipment.
Mensa went on to say she was informed by STL that the Ghanaian staff were untrainable, hence cannot be of help.
Citing an example of the extent of reliance on STL, she spoke of a recent plan to clean 13,000 biometric verification devices ahead of the referenda for the creation of new regions.
By clean up, she explained, the devices had to be wiped and re-tested for effectiveness, but this will cost $1.7 million to be paid to STL.
Jean Mensa said the EC was prepared to dole out $200,000 to the IT department to run this clean-up exercise, but none of them had been trained to execute the technical job.
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