All data about the 2020 General Elections are safe— EC assures Ghanaians
The Electoral Commission (EC) says all electronic voter verification records from the just ended Presidential and Parliamentary elections are safe and have been preserved for future reference.
This information seeks to dismiss assertions by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the Commission’s directive to deactivate the Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) is illegal and seeks to destroy evidence after the 2020 general elections.
According to a statement issued by the Commission in Accra yesterday, the allegations levelled against the EC were false and misleading and urged the public to disregard it.
“It is also instructive to note that the BVDs were only ACTIVATED prior to their use for the Elections as a safeguard to ensure that no one was verified before the start of Polls. Similarly, at the close of Polls, the BVDs were DEACTIVATED to prevent any potential mischief of persons being verified after the close of Polls.”
“The process of deactivation is therefore meant to preserve the sanctity of the verification data on the BVD and DOES NOT delete it. As a matter of fact, several copies of the verification data are kept on the BVD,” the statement said.
The Presidential Candidate of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama had rejected the EC’s declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the president-elect.
He warned the Commission to ensure that the election data was preserved for one year after the elections.
It was of this view that the EC has assured the public that the data from the BVDs was stored and would be availed to any interested party through legitimate means.