Ghana opposition parties unite to resist new biometric voter register



Ghana opposition parties have formed the Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voter Register (IPRAN) and have called for a series of demonstrations across Ghana from 11-28 January over a new biometric electoral roll for the December 2020 general elections.

Their grievances are not just the $147M cost of the project, but the lack of transparency and concerns over the addition of facial recognition, citing reports of the poor accuracy of the proposed systems when analysing black faces.

The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana is changing the biometric voter registration process for the 2020 elections, adding facial recognition for voter verification to deal with the large number of people unable to be verified with fingerprint biometrics, Business Ghana reports.

EC Deputy Chairperson in Charge of Operations Samuel Tettey said manual verification has been used for the high number of voters unable to authenticate their fingerprints on the biometric verification devices used by the commission.