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The New Patriotic Party branch in the United States of America (NPP-USA) says it has unravelled what it claims to be ‘Voter Register Tricks’ perpetrated by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) with tacit support from the Electoral Commission (EC).

Currently, there is a heated debate about whether or not the EC should compile a new Biometric Voters’ Register (BVR) after all stakeholders, including political parties and the commission itself, admitted that the document used for the controversial 2012 general elections is bloated.

However, the two major parties (NDC and NPP) are sharply divided over the procedure for a register before the crucial 2016 elections, with the EC virtually siding with the NDC’s position that the register be cleaned rather than compile a new one as the NPP has proposed.

The EC has also said strangely that mounting equipment all over Ghana for a new register is a recipe for chaos.

A news release issued by the Public Relations Committee of NPP-USA said “in order to undertake Election Day fraud and manipulate the election results, the Electoral Commission, at the instance of the NDC, starts with bloating the voters’ register with fake names, foreigners and minors, using the electronic medium.”

The statement said “any attempt by the NPP to unravel this fraud machine meets stiff resistance from the EC and its alter ego, the NDC. A discussion of some of their tricks and traps even before the election itself will help us to understand the dangers ahead for Ghana.”

PDF vrs CSV File

“The EC deliberately produces garbage of information and data in a portable document format (PDF) file and/or a paper copy of the PDF file. They deliberately refuse to produce a comma separated values (CSV) file which allows data to be saved in a table structure format, and enables queries and management of the data for verification and decision-making purposes,” they claimed.

The NPP-USA further claimed that despite repeated requests from the NPP, the EC had “refused to produce the CSV file,” adding, “without the CSV file no valuable information can be obtained for the election.

“NPP and the other parties cannot know the accuracy, validity, completeness and reliability of the voters’ register as presented in the PDF file by the EC. Thus, the EC deliberately shirks its responsibility of producing a credible register by producing garbage and useless information which they call a voters’ register.”

Serious Audit

They said that “no serious review, audit, update, or revision of the voters’ register can happen without issuing a CSV file to all interested parties to enable them know the starting point of where we are with the register.”

“The CSV file will let us know how many voters are in each polling station, their identity, ages, sexes, ID numbers, etc. The same information can be obtained for each constituency, region and the nation as a whole,” they insisted, adding, “We wish to remind you also that the EC has not produced statistics of the voters’ register as a whole by nation, by region, by constituency, by polling station, by sex and by age. This is no accident. It is a lie of omission in order to perpetrate the fraud of bloating the register.”

Audited Register?

The NPP-USA claimed that the EC’s understanding and definition of an audit “is a blatant lie,” adding, “the EC wants to pull the wool over the eyes of the Ghanaian public by kicking part of  their responsibility of making the final decision off to so-called professionals or experts to ‘Audit’ the voters’ register.”

They described the kind of audit the EC intends to do as ‘kangaroo exercise”, adding that “No one should accept the fraudulent exercise that the EC wants to undertake against the interests of Ghanaians. It is a sham exercise and must be stopped.”

More Polling Stations

The NPP-USA said that the EC had said it was increasing the number of polling stations from 26,000 to 30,000 without creating a completely new voters’ register, asking, “How does one assign the old voters to a new polling station and obtain the consent and approval of the old voter?”

According to them, “the EC wants to undertake the herculean task of reviewing a voters’ register of 14.7 million names and deleting names based on information that is discretionary and open to abuse and fraud.

“No amount of expertise, however genuine, honest and accomplished, can convince the Ghanaian public of the integrity of their work.  It will be a sham and a farce that Ghanaians need not go through.”

NPP-USA stressed that “We remain convinced that only a new voters’ register can lead to a peaceful, nonviolent, worry-free, fair and transparent elections in 2016. The wishes of the people of Ghana, their hopes and aspirations can challenge all contrary forces, even if those forces are backed by security and military personnel armed to the teeth.”

Source: Daily Guide

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