EC to procure new Biometric Voter machines for Dec. polls

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The Electoral Commission says it is set to procure new biometric voter management solution ahead of the 2020 general election.

According to the commission, the decision was taken based on the advice of its IT team and external consultants.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the deputy chairman of operations Samuel Tettey said the cost of frequent replacement of failing parts and the renewal of warranties through third parties was comparable to the acquisition a brand new system with full service and warranties.

“In effects, the amount of money spent on refurbishing parts and renewing warranties could be used to acquire a brand new system that is robust, modern and durable user-friendly with full functionality and warranties, ” he said.

He added that the voter management system is obsolete and no longer supported by their original equipment manufacturers (OEM).

” we would like to remind you that in 2016 the registration we had in total 47% rates for BVRs during the preparation to the registration period. We had high rates of failure of prepare kits which were sent to the registration centers which created challenge during the registration,” he added.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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