EC Has Clarified Why Voter Register Was Published On Google Drive

Jean Mensa is the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana

The Electoral Commission (EC) has justified the decision to publish the voters register on google drive.

The law allows the EC to make public, details of the voters on the register before every election.

The publication of the full 2020 voters register in the Cloud, with links to the website of the Electoral Commission, ahead of the December 7 polls has generated public discussion with some arguing that it breaches the data protection law.

Some members of the public have expressed concern over the potential insecurity the publication of voters’ details could entail.

But the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensa said the register which has since been removed will be republished after the system has been embedded with enhanced security features.

“…the register that was put out, we are enjoined by law to publish the voters register. Indeed, C.I. 127 requires that the provisional voters register is published on our website,” Mrs Mensa said.

“That same law says that the final register is published in a manner which the Commission deems fit and we are well aware that the ID Card has come to be used for other activities. But from the Commission’s point of view, that card is provided for voting purposes only and in this era of transparency and openness, the Commission believes that it is important to publish the register, and that is why the register was published to enable citizens check their details.”

“Once it was published, there were some issues with the functionality with the format in which it had been put there, so the I.T. was called to include and introduce more systems into it to make it more functional. We intend to upload it in the next few days,” Mrs Mensa said.

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