Ghana Government abandons E-Voting for 2012 Polls


Ahead of 2012 general election, the Electoral Commission of Ghana has confirmed that it has jettisoned the idea of introducing electronic voting (e-voting) for the conduct of the polls. The commission said its decision was informed by the high technology involved in electronic voting and the fact that the people were unaccustomed to the system, hence its application could be cumbersome and tricky.

The Deputy Chairman (Finance) of the Commission, David Adenze Kanga announced this at the end of a parley with the leadership of the four political parties with representation at the parliament. Kanga cautioned Ghanaians not to be in a rush to apply e-voting system, because it could result in problems.

"Our own view is that we should encourage corporate bodies and institutions to begin to use e-voting for their own internal election so that people can get used to e-voting such that by the time the Commission is ready and we go national, people would have appreciated the difficulties of e-voting, if there are any," he explained.