5 EC officials interdicted over missing Biometric Verification Devices

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Five employees of the Electoral Commission (EC) are being held for suspected theft of specific Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs).

The accused will now be the subject of additional police investigations.

Dr. Serebour Quaicoe, the EC’s Director of Electoral Services, disclosed this information to the public at a case update pertaining to the misplaced devices.

He underlined that releasing the suspects to the police is a crucial first step in enabling in-depth inquiries into the catastrophe.

Dr. Quaicoe restated the Commission’s dedication to ensuring that justice is carried out and that those who appropriate state property are held responsible.

“What I can say on authority is that we lost one BVD in North Tongu and what happened was that we normally package these things in ballot boxes. You put your systems and you seal. In the course of transporting, we got there, they couldn’t transport the ballot boxes.”

“So we reported to the police. We have lost this and these are the suspects so investigate and let them go through the legal regime.

“Whatever has to be done should be done. They have been interdicted they are now going through the investigations. So, the police I am told that they will be arraigned before court soon,” Dr. Serebour Quaicoe stated.

The National Democratic Congress has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) of being evasive regarding the reported disappearance of Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs), notwithstanding the EC’s denial of any missing devices.

In contrast to the EC’s claims, Johnson Aseidu Nketiah, the National Chairman of the NDC, proposed that the devices are purposefully being withheld by someone within the system.

His comments come in response to claims made on March 19 by the Minority in Parliament that certain BVDs had been loss from the EC’s inventory.

Nketiah emphasized the need for transparency, criticizing the EC for failing to name individuals accountable for the purported loss in spite of rigorous monitoring during distribution and collecting.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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