Ghana: EC Takes Armed Forces Through Biometric Registration Process

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The Electoral Commission has demonstrated the Biometric Registration process to personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces. Officers and men from the Army, the Navy and Air Force watched the demonstration at the Burma Hall in Accra.

Volunteer applicants went through a mock biometric registration exercise after which voters ID cards were issued in an effort to educate military officials on the new registration process.

Applicants first presented a valid voter's ID, passport or driving license after which their personal data were entered on a registration form.

All ten fingers were scanned for prints in a 4- 4- 2 formation (four fingers of the right hand, four fingers of the left hand and both thumbs) followed by the taking of a passport photo.

An ID card is then detached from the registration form, laminated and issued to the applicant immediately after the process.

The Deputy Chairman of EC in charge of Finance and Administration, David Kanga, took the officers through several processes including acts constituting electoral malpractices.

The Deputy Chairman stressed the need for high level of security during the polls.

A soldier expressed concern about the inability of soldiers on peace-keeping mission to vote by proxy under the new registration process and urged the EC to reconsider the issue to avoid disenfranchising his colleagues.

In response, the Deputy E.C boss assured the matter is under consideration.

The Acting Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Quarshie reiterated that the Army is prepared to ensure that Ghana is peaceful before, during and after the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections.