- Opposition parties are holding a demonstration against the compilation of new voters' register in Accra
- This is the third in a series of demos organised by the group
-The first and second came off in Tamale and Kumasi respectively
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The members of the opposition political parties resisting the Electoral Commissions’ decision to compile a new voters' register for the 2020 polls are currently holding a demonstration in Accra.
The demonstration is the third in a series of protests. The first and second demos came off in Tamale and Kumasi respectively.
The group consists of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), the People’s National Convention (PNC), and other smaller parties.
The Electoral Commission has decided to compile a new voters' register because they believe the old one is compromised.
The EC says the integrity of the 2020 polls could be undermined if a new roll and a new Biometric Voter Management System are not put in place.
In a statement, the EC said: “The current kits and solutions are obsolete: They are End-Of-Life (EOL) and can no longer be supported by their Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).
“The immediate past vendors of the solution proposed that the Commission replace all the equipment and also upgrade the Data Centre. This was rehashed by the Consultants we engaged to audit our systems”.
However, members of the inter-party resistance against the new voter register said a new register with 10 months to the general election is only not an attempt by the EC to rig the election for the governing New Patriotic (NPP) but also a waste of state resources which should be channeled to other areas of development.
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