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Theft of EC’s Biometric Equipment: We Demand Full Blown Investigation-Fiifi Kwetey

The Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called for a full blown investigation into the theft of Electoral Commission (EC)’s Biometric Verification Register (BVR) and Biometric Verification Device (BVD) laptops.

Addressing a news conference in Accra on Monday, the General Secretary, Mr. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey stressed that the theft of the EC’s BVR laptops is a direct threat to the security of the EC hence the need for the investigations.

NDC General Secretary, Mr. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey addressing the media

He said the theft of the biometric equipment is not a trivial matter that must be swept under the carpet as the EC is claiming adding that the theft reveals profound vulnerability of the EC.

The General Secretary further stated that the assertions by the EC that the stolen laptops contain no ec information is an erroneous impressions that shows a worrying level of complacency.

“Their assertions are not weak and shallow but dangerous and naïve”, the NDC chief scribe fumed.

According Mr. Kwetey the stolen laptops smacks of attempts by EC to use nefarious means to manipulate and clone voter register.

“That is why the theft of these kits from under the watchful eyes of the EC’s surveillance cannot be taken lightly and must be addressed with the utmost seriousness and urgency.

Ladies and gentlemen, contrary to the EC’s public rebuttal that no Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) were missing, the EC has now admitted and disclosed that, in truth, some Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) are indeed missing! How then can we trust the integrity of the Electoral Commission when their initial denials are so blatantly contradicted by their later admissions at IPAC? What else might they be misleading us about?
Here is the alarming revelation, ladies and gentlemen: not only do we have stolen components of Biometric Voters Registration (BVRs) kits on our hands, but we are also dealing with missing Biometric Verification Devices
(BVDs). This disclosure was made at the IPAC meeting on Tuesday, April 09, 2024, by the EC when they briefed stakeholders “…on The commission’s biometric equipment”, Mr. Kwetey stressed.

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The Outspoken General reiterated that the EC can not be trusted by the way the BVDs and BVR kits got missing yet kept it to itself a whilst blower drew the attention of the NDC.

The party is therefore calling for the independent investigations into the theft.
“We demand, with utmost urgency, a full and transparent investigation into the theft, conducted with oversight from credible, independent international bodies. We further call for a comprehensive review and overhaul of all security protocols within the EC to ensure such breaches cannot occur in the future.
The integrity of the Electoral Commission—and by extension, the democratic integrity of Ghana—must not be compromised. We stand before you today to declare that nothing less than a rigorous, transparent, and secure electoral process is acceptable. Our democracy, the will of the Ghanaian people, and the future stability of our nation depend on it”, Mr. Kwetey emphasized.


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