Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensah, has justified the decision to publish full details of persons captured in the electoral roll.
She argued that the Commission breached no law because they are mandated by law to publicly put out the details of registered voters.
The EC boss made these comments as part of her opening remarks at a media training for journalists on electoral reporting in Accra.
Her explanation comes on the back of the backlash that greeted a widely shared Google Drive link containing a list of Ghanaians eligible to exercise their franchise in the December polls.
The details included voters’ names, ages, polling centers as well as ID numbers.
A section of the public also raised concerns about data protection that may potentially arise, but Jean Mensah has fought off the claims adding that “C.I. 127 requires that the provisional voters register is published on our website.”
“That same law states that the final register is published in a manner that the Commission deems fit,” she said.
According to her, publishing the details of voters was to ensure transparency in the electoral process.
Jean Mensa also revealed that the list has been temporarily pulled down to allow for an upgrade with more enhanced functionalities before subsequently reloading it “in the coming days.”
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