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CARE Ghana Calls for Independent Probe into Missing BVRs at EC HQ

CARE Ghana also encouraged the EC to put commitment efforts to ensure that the audit process is reliable and transparent. It further called for public criticisms of the audit, citing that as a means to ensure credibility. 

Care for Free and Fair Elections Ghana (“CARE” GHANA) has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana to initiate an independent investigation into laptop BVRs that went missing at their headquarters.

A press statement signed by CARE GHANA’s Executive Director, David Kumi Addo, indicated that to have a proper assessment of the risk involved in the loss of BVRs, the EC must act swiftly to verify the integrity of voter data on the missing BVRs, while reviewing every component of the election infrastructure.

“As a result, the audit must focus on verifying the integrity of voter data stored and processed, ensuring that it remains accurate, reliable, and secure. It must also review software integrity, hardware security, data management, and security measures of Ghana’s election infrastructure,” part of the statement said.

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The statement also encouraged the EC to commit efforts to ensure that the audit process is reliable and transparent. It further called for public criticisms of the audit, citing that as a means to ensure credibility.

“CARE GHANA urges the Electoral Commission to demonstrate commitment to upholding electoral integrity by facilitating an independent and transparent audit process. Stakeholder involvement and public scrutiny are essential to ensure the credibility and legitimacy of the audit findings. The integrity of our electoral process is sacrosanct and must be protected at all costs,” it added.

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In March 2024, the Electoral Commission (EC) debunked claims that some biometric verification machines have gone missing, they however, admitted losing five laptops to theft.

“To set the records straight, the commission recently undertook routine servicing of its biometric voter registration kits. It was during this maintenance that we discovered the theft of five laptops from the biometric voter registration kits, not seven BVD as erroneously stated,” Mr Tettey, commissioner in charge of operations indicated.


Read the Full Statement from CARE Ghana to the Electoral Commission Below.

THE LOSS OF FIVE BVRS NECESSITATE SYSTEM AUDIT

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