Report by Nehemiah Attigah
The Electoral Commission (EC) on Saturday, March 12, 2016 carried out a pilot biometric voter registration exercise in selected polling stations across the country.
Below is the list of selected polling stations:
The exercise which was expected to commence at 9:00 am and run till 4pm started fairly on-time. The exercise was to serve as a mock registration towards the upcoming limited voter registration. This was to enable the EC verify the registration process and check upgraded system (software and devices).
Participation in the process was very low as seen at the two polling stations (Lord’s Pentecostal Church , Ashiaman and TMA Day Care Santeo , Kpone Katamanso) we visited. With about 20 people going through the process as at 2pm.
STL- the software providers, represented by their Head of IT, Mr. Ben Nunoo claim they have the capacity to run the process on a larger scale. He stated that, the data was local to the polling station therefore persons can register in multiple polling stations but when the data is pooled at the end of the process , these people will be flagged out. Also based on the maximum limit specified the EC, the system distribute the registrants into polling stations and electoral area determined by the place of residence. There are two biometric registration machines per centre; one for use and one as backup.
He further indicated that the said upgrade was only to cater for additional identity cards capture. However, we identified a limitation where a person who was identified by two guarantors could not be tagged as such. Thus, there is no capture for identification such persons.
PHOTOS OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS