Celebrated investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has backed the decision by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) to not use indelible ink to mark out persons who have voted in subsequent elections.
The EC has always used indelible ink on the fingers of persons who have cast their vote in public elections and referenda to indicate that such persons have already voted so as to prevent multiple voting.
But the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission has recently announced that the use of indelible ink will become a thing of the past.
“The issue of indelible ink is when we were not doing biometric we were basically using your face, your card. We look at your face and we say this picture looks like you…
The biometric technology makes it difficult for a person who has been verified and cast their vote to come a second time. So, there is no need for indelible ink.
Once you have been verified, it goes into the system and you cannot come back a second time,” she had explained.
Some political parties, notably the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected the move by the EC.
However, Manasseh Azure Awuni has backed the EC, explaining that the NDC has offered no superior argument for objecting to the EC’s plan.
“The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has said it intends to phase out the use of indelible ink to mark those who vote on Election Day to stop them from voting twice. The EC says the biometric verification system Ghana now uses is designed such that once you’re verified, you can’t vote again when you return to the polling station. I have heard some NDC members opposing the change, but I have not heard them raise any superior argument.
If technology can do what the ink was doing, why do we keep the ink? It would cut costs and voting time if the ink is taken out. As the Chairperson of the EC challenged, those opposing the decision should test the system in today’s district-level election.
If there isn’t any problem with the change, we should get rid of the ink and use biometric verification,” Manasseh wrote.
Meanwhile district level elections are ongoing across the country to elect assembly members and unit committee members without the use of indelible ink