The Electoral Commission (EC) has inaugurated a 16-member Voter Registration Adjudication Committee, tasked with the mandate to help expunge the names of multiple registrants from the newly compiled voters register.
The committee, inaugurated by the Chairperson of the EC, Jean Adukwei Mensa, will manually verify the eligibility of persons who have been flagged for multiple registration through the de-duplication process to be on the electoral roll.
The adjudication committee is made up of six officials of the EC, five representatives of political parties and four civil society organization (CSO) representatives; it will be chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the EC in charge of Operations, Samuel Tettey.
According to Jean Mensa, the committee would deal with cases that concern persons who have different facial features but have some of their bio-metric features (fingerprints) matching others.
“It will also determine the eligibility of persons who have same facial features and same fingerprints matching,” she said.
Political parties with representation on the committee are the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG). Among the CSOs on the committee are the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA); Abantu for Development and Penplusbyte.
Mrs. Mensa emphasized that the decision to include representatives of political parties and some CSOs was part of the EC’s measure to ensure transparency in the electoral process.
The committee was formed in line with Regulations 27 of the Public Elections (registration of voters) Regions, 2016 which states that “the Commission shall certify the register after determination of claims of objection.”