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General News of Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Source: Class FM

Voters registration: You’ll be prosecuted if you guarantee for more than 10 people – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has said it is an electoral offence for a registered person to guarantee for more than 10 applicants, thus persons found guilty of the act shall be prosecuted.

This follows the circulation of audio on social media by a certain gentleman identified as McKenzie purporting to be an expert in Forensics and Biometric Information cautioning the public against guaranteeing for up to 10 persons as this will lead to their being disenfranchised during the 7 December 2020 polls.

According to McKenzie, the system will fail to verify such persons.

He also alleged that the EC’s system is based on “Algorithm Mathematics.”

The EC began registration of voters on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 across the country.

To qualify to register, applicants must show proof of citizenship by providing either a Ghana Card or a Ghanaian Passport only.

However, in the absence of these two documents, an individual, can have two persons who are already registered onto the EC’s Voter roll to vouch and guarantee for them to enable them register.

The EC in a statement signed by its Acting Director of Public Affairs, Sylvia Annor, on Wednesday, 1 July 2020, noted that: “The said post by a gentleman who introduced himself as McKenzie is false and should be completely disregarded.”

It, however, stated the facts as “It is an electoral offence for an individual to guarantee for more than 10 applicants.”

The EC also indicated that its system is “capable of picking guarantors who guarantee for more than 10 applicants” and cautioned the general public that “anyone found to have done this will be prosecuted according to the law.”

It further revealed that the “system in place is not based on “Algorithm Mathematics” as it is being alleged. Neither does the system have a vault called “Non-Verifiable Names.”

According to the EC, “these terms are alien and completely unknown” to the commission.

The EC further urged the public to “refer to its news and information portal for credible information regarding the registration process” and also entreated all to be “circumspect and assist the Electoral Commission to deliver a credible register by being vigilant and ensuring that fake news is not spread.”

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