About 18 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have charged the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana to rescind its decision to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the November, 2020 general elections.

The group believes that the EC has not demonstrated that, there is a defect with the biometric data which was used as recently as 2 months ago on a nationwide scale, to necessitate spending $70 million on mass registration.

The coalition in a statement copied to News Ghana on Thursday 16th January, 2020, in Accra, said, the EC had already conducted limited registration for the district elections and should be using that benchmark cost for the general elections limited registration.

“If it wishes to acquire new BVRs and BVDs, and so far it has said little to justify why it needs to do so; it can publish a transparent, well-publicized, tender to bring the costs to less than $15 million, not the $36 million it claims it requires. We base our figures on average BVD costs of $160 as per our market benchmark study, and average BVR tablet costs of $750,” the coalition said.

The statement provides at least 14 reasons to back its position and has challenged the Electoral Commission to debate them on the issues.

Read the full statement in the link below:

Press Statement-CSOs_Common_Position_New_Electoral_EC_Register_

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