EC Begins Pilot Biometric Registration In Greater Accra

The Electoral Commission (EC) had begun a pilot biometric registration at the Nima Roman Catholic School in the Greater Accra Region, to create awareness about the exercise scheduled to start from March 24 to May 5. The pilot exercise was to test the efficiency of the biometric registration and enable the Commission to have a fair knowledge about any possible difficulties that could come out during the major national work out. Mr Ernest Simon, Registration Officer at the Nima Roman Catholic School made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Monday. He said the exercise would give eligible voters a sample and the processes involved during the mass registration. Mr Simon said the EC had set aside four days for the pilot registration in the Ayawaso East Constituency which started on Saturday Feb.25 and would end on Tuesday Feb 28. He said the processes involved the use of fingerprint scanners, registration forms and digital cameras to capture the bio-data of applicants. He added that applicants are to provide their residential addresses, names of parents, home towns and districts, municipalities and metropolis where their home towns are located to the registration officer. Mr Simon noted that since the registration begun, no cases of riot and violence were recorded and expressed the hope that it the phenomenon would continue to the end of the exercise. He explained that nationwide registration would be carried out in phases in all the polling stations and appealed to qualified voters to visit the polling stations nearer to them for the exercise.