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EC denies claims of missing biometric verification devices

The Electoral Commission (EC) has refuted allegations of the theft of seven Biometric Verification Devices (BVRs) from its storage facilities.

During a press conference in Accra, Deputy Chairperson in charge of Operations, Samuel Tettey, stated that no BVDs had been stolen, responding to claims made by Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, that seven of the devices used for voter registration and verification were missing.

Dr. Ato Forson alleged that officials of the EC confirmed the missing devices during a meeting with the Minority Caucus, led by Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Armah Kofi-Buah, earlier in the week. He urged the Ghana Police Service and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to expedite investigations to locate the missing devices.

Clarifying the issue, Mr. Tettey explained that during a routine servicing of its Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) Kits, the EC discovered the theft of five laptops from the kits. He emphasized that the BVR Kits, consisting of a laptop, camera, scanner, and printer, were separate from the Commission’s Registration Data Systems and could not manipulate election outcomes.

Mr. Tettey reassured the public that the integrity of the EC’s systems and elections remained intact. He affirmed the EC’s commitment to transparency and integrity in its operations and elections, emphasizing the importance of protecting its assets, including the BVR Kits and BVDs, with the assistance of the police and other security agencies.

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