EC: ‘We’ve Overcomed The Technical Glitches’

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According to the EC, the BVR machine rejected all inputs after working smoothly from 0700 hours to 1427 hours compelling the Commission to terminate the exercise.

Deputy Volta Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Mr Eric Dzakpasu, has said that the EC has fixed the technical glitches that interrupted the pilot of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits and processes on Tuesday in Ho.

According to the EC, the BVR machine rejected all inputs after working smoothly from 0700 hours to 1427 hours compelling the Commission to terminate the exercise.

After an update, Mr Dzakpasu said the machine became operational at about 1600 hours.

Mr Dzakpasu told the Ghana News Agency that due to the challenge, only 36 people, comprising political activists, members of the public and the media were captured under the exercise on the first day.

He further said Wednesday’s pilot exercise was smooth sailing and expressed optimism that the two-day pilot would end well.

The exercise was described as good by Mr Shabanton Dutsrogbe, Volta Regional Research and Election Officer of the New Patriotic Party with the maintenance of social distancing and other protocols being adhered to.

According to him, technical glitches are normal technological issues and should be expected as the import of the pilot exercise, to rectify all shortfalls towards making the BVR machine fit for purpose during the mass registration exercise.

However, representatives of the National Democratic Congress said the Party’s position in respect of the two-day exercise in the region would be made public at 1600 hours today.

The pilot exercise is to test the effectiveness of the BVR machine ahead of the impending mass voter registration exercise later this month for the 2020 general elections.

A total of 21 people, at 1010 hours on Wednesday, were registered, when the premises of the exercise was visited the registration centre.

 

 

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