The CEO of Diaspora Network Television Jermaine Nkrumah has called for the new Biometric Voter Management System (BVMS) to have an automatic clean-up mechanism to keep the Voters Register from bloating again.
In an interview on DNT’s Rush Hour morning show, Nkrumah highlighted one particular reason for the bloating of Ghana’s voters register as a systems failure that keeps dead or emigrated people on the voter rolls.
Many theories have been bandied about as to why Ghana has 56.2% of her population captured in the Voters Register as against our peers who average 42% of their population on their voters’ registers.
Mr. Nkrumah cited a discussion he with a career election expert who pointed out that whereas everyone registers their newborn at the Birth and Death Registry, virtually no one registers the death of loved ones.
And even if they did, there is no current system that connects the voters register with the death registry to clean out the names of those who have passed on.
As a result, we have a Voters Register that still includes those who may have passed on or relocated to other jurisdictions outside of Ghana.
To cure this anomaly, Jermaine Nkrumah suggested that as the EC moves to acquire a BVMS, it should consider inserting a software that automatically prunes out voters who miss four consecutive elections, for example.
“If a voter fails to show up to vote in four consecutive national elections, there is a very good chance that the voter is dead, has emigrated to another country, or simply doesn’t care about voting, all of which form the basis for removal from the voters register. And it should be automatic,” he said.
He went on to serve a reminder that four consecutive elections does not mean 16 years, but rather eight years as we now have the District Level elections in between the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
Source: DNT News