The Electoral Commission has said it will continue with the processes to acquire a new biometric register despite opposition from the NDC and some other political parties, ABC News can report.
The NDC, the People’s National Congress (PNC) together with three other political parties, walked out of a meeting with the Electoral Commission on Tuesday, December 10 alleging they were mislead by the EC into the meeting meant to discuss the procurement of a new biometric register.
According to the NDC, the EC deceived them into the meeting only for them to realise that they were there to witness the demonstration of a software for a new biometric register, which they are opposed to.
Though the EC has said it is still open for a dialogue on the issue, it will continue with the processes regardless.
Public Relations Officer of the EC, Sylvia Annoh in an interview with Accra based Joy FM, monitored by ABC News said, ”As far as the Electoral commission is concerned, this is a process. There was a demonstration today by four vendors and we believe that based on the inputs that the political parties have made, the electoral commission will pick it up from there.”
The NDC has also raised issues concerning the representative of the NPP in the said meeting. But, the EC said it requested for reps of political parties and what they (EC) got is what they are working with.
EC’s Sylvia Annoh maintained that her outfit needs a new biometric system and that the EC needs the inputs of all the political parties
”That is an issue that cannot be handled by the Electoral Commission because we invited the parties and they brought their representative so we cannot speak to it. We can only say for a fact that we believe that the EC needs a new biometric system and that the EC needs the inputs of all the political parties and that was the reason they were invited for today’s demonstration so that we get the best out of a lot,” she opined.