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Electoral Commission reverses decision to eliminate indelible ink in 2024 elections

February 21, 2024
Electoral Commission reverses decision to eliminate indelible ink in 2024 elections

The (EC) of Ghana has announced its decision to backtrack on plans to eliminate the use of indelible ink in the upcoming 2024 elections. This reversal comes in response to widespread objections from Ghanaians and various political parties regarding the proposal.

During the launch of the Multimedia Group's Coverage, Dr. Eric Asare Bossman, the Deputy Electoral Commissioner in charge of Corporate Services, highlighted the importance of building trust and consensus ahead of the December polls. He emphasized that after considering public concerns, parliamentary feedback, and input from political parties and civil society, the EC concluded that retaining the use of indelible ink would foster greater confidence in the electoral process.

Dr. Bossman stated, “After listening to the discussions, we have heard the concerns of the general public, parliamentarians, the , the , and civil society members, so we have concluded that if by using the ink people will have more trust in the process, why not…”

The decision to retain indelible ink comes after the in accused the EC of breaching the constitution by abandoning its use in the upcoming elections. Members of Parliament expressed concerns that the EC's actions contravened regulations set by Parliament for the effective conduct of electoral functions.

In response to these objections, EC Chairperson defended the Commission's decision, citing the adoption of biometric technology as a more reliable method for preventing double voting. However, opposition parties, particularly the NDC, continued to push for the retention of indelible ink as an additional layer of verification.

Echoing the EC Chair's stance, Dr. Bossman emphasized the Commission's aim to enhance the electoral process by avoiding double verification. He explained that the use of both biometric verification and indelible ink was deemed redundant, as the biometric system effectively registers voters and prevents duplicate voting.

The EC's reversal on the elimination of indelible ink underscores its commitment to addressing stakeholders' concerns and ensuring the integrity of the electoral process ahead of the 2024 elections.

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