Irbard Demands Coalition Centres Be Equiped With CCTV Cameras


The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana should install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the various collation centres to monitor activities and improve on transparency of the December 7 polls, security analyst Irbard Ibrahim has proposed.

The 2016 Peace Ambassador believes modern technology such as video surveillance can improve the integrity of the process.

The EC has already indicated that collation centres will be set up in all the 275 constituencies across the country, but Mr Ibrahim has advocated the use of CCTV cameras to afford every stakeholder who will not be present at the venues to monitor what goes on there.

“How much will it cost this country if we are to install CCTV cameras at every collation centre? It will not cost much, and in an era where there is internet, doing that will help with transparency,” he said.

He revealed this in an interview on Class FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Thursday September 8, insisting to host Prince Minkah that with the myth surrounding the ‘strong room’, such a move would be helpful.

“Times have changed and you can actually be peeping through what happened at the collation centres in real time… Fix the cameras, political parties should have a representative, and everything done in real time,” he underscored.

He explained that with the appropriate technology, citizens can access and watch what is happening in real time through the use of internet.

“The NPP functionaries can be sitting at their headquarters at Asylum Down while the NDC does same at Adabraka as well as all candidates and still be watching what is happening in real time,” he explained.

For him, such a move would help to ensure integrity, fairness, and a greater acceptance of the election results after compilation of the results.

Source: Ghana/

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