EC adopts mobile checking of voter registration details

The Electoral Commission has intensified efforts at making Election 2012 credible, transparent, free and fair with the introduction of the SMS technology to facilitate the checking of biometric details during the Voter Exhibition period.

Information obtained by the Ghana News Agency on Saturday indicates that the EC SMS platform seeks to expand registered voters access to the Provisional Voters Register through their mobile handsets at the lowest possible network rates.

GNA information indicates that all those who registered during the recent Biometric Voter Registration Exercise can check their information details through the Commission’s specially designed mobile platform through SMS by sending one’s name, ID number, and polling station to designated data base.

The Commission will officially launch the “BVR SMS Checking,” platform on Monday September 3.

Meanwhile a tour of some Exhibition centers across Accra by the GNA team indicates that the usual Ghanaian apathy towards the commencement of such programmes was at play as it observed a very low turnout.

The10-day exercise, which starts from Saturday September 1 to Tuesday, September 10, will afford the over 13 million eligible Ghanaians captured during the Biometric Voter Registration to verify and correct details provided during the exercise.

The Exhibition exercise is the final stage of cleaning the Register by removing the names of people who might have passed on; names of minors and non-Ghanaians, if proof is provided.

Source: GNA

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