National database is answer to compromised electoral registers – IPP

The Independent Peoples Party has pressed calls for the country to have a single national database with records of all Ghanaian citizens.

The party believes this should precede calls for a new voters register as being demanded by the New Patriotic Party.

Ghana’s national identification authority has failed to complete the national identification process which it begun in the year 2008.

The process has been marred by resource constraints and calls for new features to be inculcated into the national identification cards.

However addressing a press conference in Kumasi, General Secretary of the IPP, Kwame Owusu Akyempim-Boadu indicated that problems with registration of eligible voters will cease with a well synchronized national database which should be fed at the birth of every Ghanaian.

He explained, “When we have a database with Ghanaians registered right from birth, his name can be moved automatically to the voters register immediately that person turns 18.”

“All these things are not done and we are calling for a new voters register and that is why we are saying we are putting the cart before the horse,” he added.

On the issue of foreigners on Ghana’s register, the party questioned how the same people making the allegations had their names in the voters’ registers of countries in the United Kingdom and yet registered to vote in Ghana.

Mr. Akyempim-Boadu noted that the IPP wasn’t ready to be part of the “confusion” being peddled by the New Patriotic Party.

Source: Ultimate Korshie Heathcote – Fumador