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EC downplays concerns over missing devices

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To alleviate public anxiety after missing gadgets were found in its inventory, the Ghanaian Electoral Commission (EC) has taken measures to guarantee that the next presidential and parliamentary elections would not be impacted.

Deputy Commission Chair Mr. Bossman Asare addressed the issue at a press briefing on March 20, 2024, explaining that, contrary to earlier reports of seven missing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, only five laptops were missing. He emphasized that these misplaced devices did not pose a threat to the integrity of the vote process.

According to Mr. Asare, the disappearance of the missing laptops won’t affect the election’s outcome because they contain no voter data or other crucial information. He explained that even if a Biometric Verification Device (BVD) was taken, it would remain unusable without activation and connection to the EC’s system.

He went into great detail about the operation of the BVRs and BVDs, emphasizing that these tools are only useful if they are integrated into the EC’s registration and verification processes.

As such, each individual absence would not impact the election unless they were fully functional and connected to the EC’s infrastructure.

When the missing gadgets were first reported missing, there were early concerns raised by the Minority in Parliament, which alleged that seven biometric devices had been stolen. However, the goal of Mr. Asare’s comments was to allay worries and reiterate the EC’s readiness for the approaching elections.

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