The Electoral Commission (EC) on Thursday began a series of engagements with stakeholders to justify its decision for a new Biometric Voter Management System (BVMS) and a new Biometric Voters Register (BVR).
In the first of such engagements, the EC met with representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Thursday morning and senior editors in the evening.
In a presentation to dispel what it termed some misconceptions about the EC’s decision to go for a new register, the Deputy Chairman of the EC in-charge of Operations, Mr Samuel Tettey, said the issue of compiling new registers in election years was not new as it was done in 2004 and 2012.
He said the capability of the EC to undertake the exercise was not in doubt and gave an assurance that it would be done and the equipment tested before the election in December 2020, reports Albert K. Salia.
On the issue of ECOWAS protocol not permitting registrations in election years, he said the protocol talked about amending electoral laws six months to elections.
Mr Tettey said the EC had also been consistent with changing the register after every two elections.
He said the compilation of a new register provided an avenue to reform and improve the existing register.